Warner walked off field in club game after being 'abused': wife

David Warner

David Warner

The wife of banned cricketer David Warner has confirmed he walked off the field while batting in a Sydney club game on Saturday after he was sledged by the brother of his dead former team mate Phillip Hughes.

Warner is now serving a 12-month ban from global cricket, after being involved in the ball-tampering saga that rocked Australia's tour of South Africa earlier this year.

Despite leaving the field mid-innings he returned minutes later with both sides apparently happy to allow him to play on where he eventually scored 157.

Warner was fielding on November 25, 2014, when Phillip Hughes was struck by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Media outlets have claimed Hughes called Warner a "disgrace" but it's understood more may have been said.

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"Even in grade cricket now we've got people walking off the field and I don't enjoy seeing that".

"David was taken aback by the comments, and thought they went a little bit too far, so he made a decision to remove himself from the game".

"There was no barrage of sledges aimed at David Warner by any WSDCC player", Western Suburbs said in a statement.

"I'm not going to get into what was said yesterday but yesterday went too far", Candice told the panel.

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Warner took exception to this, and in weird fashion, removed himself from the wicket for a couple of minutes.

At the inquest, Warner said Hughes had been one of his "closest mates" and he missed him every day.

"It was hurtful, it was very hurtful".

Asked if the comments were "abusive", she said: "I personally would put it into that category but I'm talking for myself".

The weekend incident comes before Cricket Australia on Monday releases its findings from reviews conducted in the wake of the ball-tampering fiasco, of which Warner was painted as the main villain.

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