The Sledge To David Warner 'Went Too Far' According To His Wife Candice Warner

The former Australian Vice Captain walked off the pitch for several minutes yesterday after an alleged sledging incident involving the brother of Phillip Hughes.

David Warner's Saturday century has been marred by controversy after the banned Australian star walked off in the middle of a grade-cricket match over an alleged sledging incident.

The 32-year-old, who was celebrating his birthday on Saturday, left on 35  following the incident which is believed to have involved Jason Hughes -- the brother of cricketer Phillip Hughes, who passed away in 2014.

Warner who was former teammates and good friends with Phillip stormed off the pitch reportedly telling the umpire 'I'm removing myself from the game."

Despite leaving the field mid-innings he returned minutes later with both sides apparently happy to allow him to play on where he eventually scored 157 .

The former Vice Captain refused to comment after the incident but cricket.com.au reported the altercation began as goading from the Western Surburbs player before the attack turned "nasty" and "personal."

On Sunday, Warner's wife Candice appeared on Channel 9's "Sport Sunday" program to defend her husband walking off the field and labelled the attack from Hughes as 'abusive.'

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

"David was taken aback by the comments, and thought they went a little bit too far, so he decided to remove himself from the game."

Candice slammed the comments aimed at her husband as "very hurtful" and said there was a difference between sledging and abuse.

"David has enjoyed playing for Randwick," she added.

"This has taken from his great knock yesterday. He got 157 yesterday...and it is a shame we are talking about this instead of his century."

Warner was issued a 12-month ban and stripped of his leadership position after the ball tampering scandal which rocked the Australian cricket world.

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Saturday's incident comes ahead of a much-anticipated review  into the culture within Cricket Australia.

The report is expected to be released on Monday.

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