Warner, Bancroft play cricket in NT

Greg Roberts

Suspended Australian cricketers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have entertained cricket fans in Darwin with quality innings on ovals next to each other as they continue a long road back to redemption.

The former Test opening partners were due to play each other in a one-day match in the Top End's Strike League on Sunday, but Bancroft injured himself when a ball hit him in the throat as he attempted a shot on Saturday.

He was ruled out of Sunday's match and went to hospital holding ice to his throat as a precaution, but he is not believed to be seriously injured.

He was dismissed shortly after the blow for 62 from 66 deliveries.

The match-up between the suspended pair - who dined together in Darwin this week - would have been a highlight of the month-long tournament that features numerous other elite cricketers including Bancroft's WA teammate Will Bosisto.

Warner returned to cricket at a T20 tournament in Canada this month but his Australian comeback is this weekend for the City Cyclones in two one-day matches on Saturday and Sunday at the Marrara Cricket Ground before returning home.

He made an entertaining 36 runs off 32 balls in front of less than 200 people on Saturday including one six and five boundaries - three in an over - before he was out caught and bowled.

Warner says he is "one hundred per cent" confident he can return to the Australian dressing room.

"I just have to keep scoring as many runs as I can for every single team that I play for in the next eight months," said Warner, who will play in the Caribbean and Indian Premier Leagues.

It is four months since Warner and Steve Smith received one-year bans and Bancroft nine months after being the latter was caught caught ball tampering using sandpaper in South Africa in March.