David Warner Retirement: David Warner, an Australian batsman, announced on Saturday that he was quitting Test cricket in an unexpected turn of events. This decision comes merely four days prior to the highly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final of 2023, which will witness a clash between India and Australia at The Oval in England. Warner revealed that he will be bidding farewell to the Test format of cricket after the conclusion of the Australian summer.
Earlier, David Warner had stated that he would retire from Test cricket following Australia’s Test match against Pakistan in January. However, he clarified that he intends to continue representing his country in white-ball cricket, at least until the 2024 T20 World Cup.
During a conversation with reporters in Beckenham on Saturday, Warner expressed, “To secure my place, I need to score runs. I have always maintained that the (2024) World Cup would probably mark my final appearance.” He further added, “If I can perform well in the upcoming matches here and continue my form back in Australia, I can confidently say that I won’t participate in the West Indies series. If I manage to go through the World Test Championship final, the ensuing Ashes campaign, and subsequently make it to the Pakistan series, that will certainly be my conclusion.”
David Warner’s Test Record
David Warner emphasized his determination to excel in Test cricket in order to earn a spot in the playing XI during the six-Test tour of the United Kingdom. Throughout his Test career, Warner amassed an impressive total of 8,159 runs in 103 matches for Australia. He has a stellar resume that includes 25 centuries and 34 half-centuries, solidifying his position as one of Australia’s most productive openers. Warner expressed his goals by saying, “I have a big ambition to compete in the 2024 World Cup.
It’s something that always crosses my thoughts. Before that, we have a lot of cricket to play, and then it stops in February.” He further elaborated, “Afterward, I will have to participate in the IPL and other franchise leagues to get into the rhythm for the tournament in June. There will be plenty of cricket to keep me engaged. Who knows, I might even return to play a Shield game for New South Wales.”