In preparation for the highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India, experienced Australian batsman David Warner has grabbed attention by revealing his retirement intentions. The left-handed player is contemplating ending his successful Test career in January 2024, concluding with the series against Pakistan on his home ground.
Although David Warner has been a crucial member of the Test team since 2011, his position in the squad has been questioned in recent times due to lackluster batting displays. The 36-year-old Warner is presently gearing up for the highly anticipated match against India at the Oval, set to begin on June 7.
After the encounter with India, Pat Cummins and his Australian team will face their long-standing rivals England in an exciting Ashes series scheduled for later this month. Cummins, a seasoned cricketer, disclosed that although he has the 2024 T20 World Cup in his sights, he is contemplating concluding his Test career with a home series against Pakistan in January the following year. This decision stems from his desire to allocate more time to his family before the Windies series begins.
David Warner announces test retirement
“You’ve got to score runs. I’ve always said the (2024) T20 World Cup would probably be my final game. I probably owe it to myself and my family – if I can score runs here and continue to play back in Australia – I can definitely say I won’t be playing that West Indies series. If I can get through this (WTC final and ensuing Ashes campaign) and make the Pakistan series, I will definitely finish up then,” Warner said.
With an impressive record of 103 Test matches, David Warner holds the seventh position among Australia’s highest run scorers in red-ball cricket. He has been a remarkable asset to the national team in all formats of the game. However, in recent months, he has faced challenges due to controversies surrounding his leadership ban, which has affected his morale. Despite his decision regarding his Test career, the left-handed batsman remains enthusiastic about representing Australia in the upcoming ODI and T20 World Cups in 2023 and 2024, respectively.