Smith and Warner were banned for a year from international and state cricket for their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal and still have another six months to serve. They are continuing their rehabilitation in the new Sydney club cricket season, which got underway this weekend.
The diminutive Warner could not have hoped for a better return, scoring a match-winning knock for Randwick-Petersham, which won by four wickets off the last ball while chasing 278 against St George. The opening batsman carried his bat, his hundred coming off 98 balls in an innings featuring 13 fours and two sixes, including one that went out of the ground.
He reached his century with a leg-side single and celebrated the mark as he would in an international match with his trademark leap and kiss of the badge on his helmet. A few miles away at the Glenn McGrath Oval, Smith also looked solid in his 92-ball innings for Sutherland, who went down to Mosman by three wickets. The 29-year-old received a warm welcome from an unusually large crowd and looked his usual twitchy self at the crease as he rattled off a half century in 62 balls.