David Warner has had a shaky start to life in the Caribbean Premier League, kicking off with a brutal drop catch on debut.
The 31-year-old was deep in the outfield when batsman DJ Bravo smashed the ball into the air, and he managed to make an absolute meal of it.
Warner is well-known for his fielding abilities, but in this instance, it wasn’t meant to be for the former Australian vice-captain, leaving the commentator stunned.
“What happened there, David Warner?” asked the broadcast commentator.
“He must’ve lost it in the lights because he is one of the gun fielders in world cricket.”
On top of the fielding mishap, he didn’t fair to well with bat in hand either, managing just nine runs from nine balls.
Warner launched his Caribbean Premier League stint with a single figure contribution to the St Lucia Stars 100-run loss to the Trinbago Knight Riders in Port of Spain.
Warner’s stumps were skittled when he misread the length of a delivery from allrounder Javon Searles, a Barbadian who featured in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Warner and Steve Smith, who signed up with Barbados as a late replacement for Bangladesh international Shakib Al Hasan, are both taking part in the Twenty20 tournament.
Warner and Smith are both barred from representing Australia, NSW and any Big Bash League franchise during their 12-month bans, which Cricket Australia issued in response to the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
Reigning CPL champions Trinbago posted a total of 6-195 in the tournament opener then eased to victory with minimal fuss, much to the delight of coach Simon Katich.
The Brad Hodge-coached St Lucia, who failed to win a single game last year, stumbled to 6-53 and were eventually rolled for 95.
Warner fell during a collapse of 6-18, which included Australian legspinner Fawad Ahmed snagging two wickets in the space of four balls.
Fawad, who was recently dumped from Victoria’s contract list, finished with figures of 3-16 from his four overs.
Australian opener Chris Lynn, returning from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the recent Canadian T20 tournament, scored eight for Trinbago.