David Warner insists he is still good friends with Steve Smith

Virginia Santiago
July 3, 2018

Steve Smith made his return to cricket at a club ground in Ontario on Friday and admitted he had made some "horrible" decisions in the past as he comes to terms with his one-year ban for ball tampering.

"I speak to them quite regularly, at least every week, whether that's a phone call or messages", Bancroft said on Saturday. Smith was unable to take the catch after which he played a thunderous knock of 96 runs helping his team to set a strong target of 228 runs in the 20 overs.

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

"They're two really great people".

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"I've worked really hard on myself, been really busy with a lot of things and right now it's just another step forward, heading up to Darwin to play some cricket and I'm really looking forward to it".

"Right now I'm feeling really good. 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", he told the daily.

The 31-year-old, meanwhile, also spoke about the ball-tampering incident that sent shock waves through the cricketing world, saying that it was a tough time for him but he is now looking forward. It takes a lot out of you, and moving onto South Africa and what happened, it was really tough. It's those things we miss.

"I was making terrible decisions and I just felt frightful at the crease".

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Unlike Smith or Bancroft, Warner did not give any overt indications about returning to play for Australia when his ban expires in March 2019.

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

Smith returned to competitive cricket recently in Canada, where he scored a half-century to help Toronto Nationals' to a six-wicket win against Vancouver Knights in Thursday's tournament opener.

"At the moment we've got a few world-class players and we'll continue to discover those but they don't just fall out of trees. It's been a long three months, thinking that I probably wouldn't be over here, but it's a good opportunity, I'm excited about it, and I look forward to the rest of the tournament".

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