Both Steven Smith and David Warner shone on their first competitive matches on Australian soil this antipodean summer. Smith and Warner are currently serving one-year bans from international as well as Australian domestic cricket, but are eligible to play club cricket. In New South Wales Premier Cricket, while Smith scored an 85-ball 92 for Sutherland against Mosman, Warner went a step ahead, racing to a 98-ball hundred for Randwick-Petersham against St George.

However, runs were not the only thing that were back for Warner. He broke into his trademark celebration of jumping in the air once he reached his hundred in a visibly near-empty ground. The hundred was nowhere as major as one scored in an Ashes Test or a World Cup, but Warner was visibly delighted at not having lost touch.

The Barmy Army, of course, were quick to point out the weirdness of it all.

Brendon McCullum joined in as well, drawing comparisons with Edmund Hillary’s (a fellow New Zealander, remember?) arrival at the Everest summit.


All in good humour, of course.