David Warner bowled by Lasith Malinga for one on return to cricket

Steve Smith bats during his game at the GT20 Tournament in King City

Steve Smith bats during his game at the GT20 Tournament in King City

David Warner's return to cricket lasted just two balls as the ex-Australian vice captain was dismissed for only one in his first game since the ball-tampering scandal.

His actions in the Newlands Test, where was caught on camera changing the nature of the ball and pushing sandpaper down his pants, earned him a nine-month ban, and Bancroft said his life had been a roller-coaster since that day.

"Right now I'm feeling really good though", he maintained. If you're at the hotel, you will see us hanging out with each other. But at the end of the day it was a big thing that happened and for us you've got to handle it in your individual way and handle it collectively. "We've caught up and we've had numerous chats, and I'm sure we'll hang out plenty more, we're in the same hotel". "That's the great thing I look forward to is that I'm not here for me, I'm here for those guys and what can I do to help". The banned Australian cricketer is playing in the Global T20 Canada league.

Bancroft was simply following orders when he was told by Warner to take sandpaper onto the field and scuff one side of the ball.

"Being at home for the last 12 weeks has been great for me", Warner said.

"There were a lot of mental scars after the Ashes and that probably saw my form and maybe Steve as well in that one-day series against England... it takes a lot out of you". We're responsible for that and we're moving on. "I'm excited", the 31-year-old added. I love playing cricket and as hard as it may be to connect how learning Spanish links to playing cricket for Australia again, they're all little stepping stones to me achieving that dream again.

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"There's been times where I've felt really sad, there's been times where I've felt really angry", Bancroft said.

"It's those things that we miss".

Toronto skipper Sammy said before game that Smith should be allowed to rebuild his career. These tournaments are exciting, just like the IPL or the Big Bash League.

The former Australian opener admitted that the past three months were traumatic for him and his family but also asserted that he was looking forward to the future. "I'm just grateful to be back out playing cricket". Smith scored a brilliant half-century in his return while a terrific delivery from Lasith Malinga castled Warner.

To some, the Australian trio's punishments were harsh, to others, they were nowhere near severe enough.

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