Former Australian captain Steve Smith has played his first cricket match on Australian soil since being banned for the ball tampering saga which occurred in South Africa earlier this year.
Smith, 29 years of age, featured in grade cricket for his junior team Sutherland against Mosman in a one-day game which saw him score 85 off 92 deliveries.
David Warner, former Australian vice-captain who too was suspended for his involvement in the incident in Cape Town, also featured for Randwick-Petersham against a St George side.
Warner took a stunning outfield catch before blazing away to a century, where locals were able to see the former openers signature jump when reaching the milestone.
The 31-year old finished unbeaten with 155 runs as he lead his side to a four-wicket victory in the 49th over.
It was a wonderful day for grade cricket in Sydney which saw two of Australia’s best players taken back to their suburban roots.
Test legend Glenn McGrath was spotted in attendance cheering on Smith at the Caringbah ground named after him in the Sutherland Shire, meanwhile high-profile Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was at Coogee supporting Warner.
Down in the Shire, it was an early wicket which saw Smith stride to the crease for his first innings in Australia since the horrific incident which turned his life upside down.
Growing up in Alfords Point, Sutherland is the club Smith spent his junior days playing for, and despite the circumstances, enjoyed strapping on the pads for his local club again.
Warner has previously played some cricket in the Northern Territory before returning home to Sydney to run out onto a local field at Coogee.