‘That’s fucked. Do you know who I am?’
In surprising scenes this weekend, disgraced Australian cricketer David Warner walked off the field of a grade cricket match he was playing, in response to an opposition bowler hurling a hard piece of ball-shaped leather straight at him.
Four overs into Randwick-Petersham’s clash with Western Suburbs, and with the left-handed Warner on 9 not out, he suddenly took issue with the fast bowler charging in and delivering the ball.
After a brief conversation with the umpire, who explained ‘...that’s literally what the game is,’ Warner angrily charged off the field.
'How dare he? Running up, just throwing a hard bit of leather at me. What a genuine bully. I don't have time for this shit,’ Warner stated.
‘I play my cricket tough, but fair. I can take the heat. But this crosses the line. What sort of sick bastard just keeps throwing things at me? Sticks and stones may break my bones, and so will this little bit of red leather. Safety first, please!’
After his teammates took some time and energy discussing with David the process of how cricket generally functions, he slowly came around to their point of view, and returned to the field to resume his innings.
Nevertheless, after the game he couldn’t help but describe himself as a ‘big man,’ for ‘copping something I [he] didn’t have to.’
Fascinating. Certainly more to come in Warner’s odd grade cricket career.