David Warner walks off mid-over in Sydney grade game after sledging

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David Warner has scored 155 a class="sp-story-body__external-link" href="https://www.cricket.com.au/news/david-warner-sledge-jason-hughes-phillip-grade-cricket-club-randwick-campbelltown/2018-10-27" *"sledging incident".

Warner is now serving his one-year ban from worldwide and state cricket handed down by Cricket Australia in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering controversy.

The former Australia Test vice-captain then appeared to tell the umpire he was leaving the field and walked off, only to return to the crease a few minutes later to continue his innings.

Phillip Hughes died just two days after being struck on the top of the neck while playing for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales in Sydney in 2014.

David Warner's wife has leapt to his defence after an ugly on-field sledge saw him storm off the cricket pitch.

On his role in the incident, Warner said earlier in the year: 'Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket.

"Everyone has their own opinion but I think there's a difference between sledging and abuse".

He left the field on 35 but returned shortly afterwards following the intervention of teammates, and went on to score a majestic 157.

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

Brendan Bradford, witnessing the incident, tweeted: "Weirdness in Sydney Grade cricket".

"He removed himself firstly because he didn't like what he was hearing and where that could've been taken".

Warner and Hughes both denied to comment at the end of the day's play on Saturday. "It was hurtful. It was very hurtful".

"I'm not going to get into what was said yesterday, but it went too far".

This exchange had nothing to do with Phil Hughes.

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

Warner is serving a 12 month ban alongside Steve Smith after Australia's unfortunate ball tampering fiasco in March.