David Warner has received a great deal of negative feedback due to his recent poor performances, which came after his outstanding double century in his 100th Test match against South Africa on Boxing Day at the MCG. Although he had the option to retire after the South Africa Test series, he chose to accept a challenge and continue playing despite the constant criticism.
According to Warner’s wife Candice, the Australian cricketer has a great passion for the sport of cricket and still desires to be the opening batsman for his country. It is worth noting that he is likely to retire after the Ashes, which will take place later this year.
David Warner still wants to open for Australia
“David still has a burning desire to open the batting for Australia. There’s still a lot of things that he wants to achieve that he hasn’t achieved,” Candice said.
“And clearly one of those would be to perform at best he possibly can in England against the Dukes ball. Whether the selectors and the coach allow him that, I don’t know. But I do know he still has that desire and that hunger to continue. He’d love to go out on his terms but you’re not always afforded that opportunity and David fully realizes that. He could have easily retired after the Sydney Test this year, but that’s not what he wants. He still wanted to contribute to the team in India and still be there at the Ashes and then we’ll just see,” she added.
Candice added that despite receiving offers to play in multiple T20 leagues worldwide, Warner is fully dedicated to representing Australia in cricket. During the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India, the 36-year-old suffered a hairline fracture during the second Test in Delhi, which forced him to withdraw from the remaining matches. He had a challenging start to the series, with scores of 1, 10, and 15 in the first two Tests. Nevertheless, he has since recuperated from the injury and is currently participating in the third ODI match for Australia.
“There are so many (T20 franchises) around the world, whether it be the IPL, the Dubai League, the BBL, America, South Africa, Pakistan. There’s also his role with Fox Sports which he’s excited about and wants to develop. We’ll just have to wait and see but at this stage, he’s fully committed to playing cricket for Australia,” she further said.