David Warner and Usman Khawaja
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According to David Warner, he and opening mate Usman Khawaja have an agreement not to retire at the same time and leave Australia in a difficult situation. Despite having played cricket together as kids, Warner and Khawaja have had quite different careers. Aside from David Warner’s ball-tampering suspension, Khawaja’s career has had ups and downs. 

David Warner is playing in his 101st Test match, while Khawaja is taking part in his 56th. Both individuals are 36 years old, with Warner being just under two months older. David Warner, though, has hinted that his Test career may finish within the next year by securing a contract to work as a commentator for Fox Cricket while including a succession plan in place. 

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David Warner (PC-Getty Images)
David Warner (PC-Getty Images)

Khawaja was going to remain in the Baggy Green and had made a deal with Warner not to call it at the same time, Warner disclosed amid the day’s terrible lighting and rain delays.

Australia spent four years without claiming another series after Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh, and Greg Chappell all announced their retirements at the exact same time in 1984. In 2007, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, and Justin Langer all simultaneously pulled the trigger. 

It’s About Not Leaving This Team With A Big Hole: David Warner

The last trio didn’t completely destroy Australia, but it took a long time to find successors. The present Australians are aware of this drama and want to prevent it. 

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“We’re going to enjoy the next 12 months, enjoy it as much as we can,’’ David Warner told Fox Cricket. 

“For us it’s about not leaving this team with a big hole. I know through those five-year transition period when a lot of the greats left, they’re big holes to fill with the amount of games you play.

Usman Khawaja and David Warner put on 156 runs together. Photo- AFP-Getty Images
Usman Khawaja and David Warner Photo- AFP-Getty Images

“We always talk about games played and how much that means into a team’s performance and perspective with experience. You can’t fill that void.” 

As the two of them become closer to 40 than 30, there are many uncertainties regarding Australia’s future, but there are also some possibilities. While Matthew Renshaw will bat in the middle order in the current Test, Marcus Harris has been a member of the Australian team all summer. 

Henry Hunt of South Australia is well-known, while Tim Ward of Tasmania has 421 runs at 42.10 and Cameron Bancroft of Western Australia has 483 runs at 53.66 in the Sheffield Shield. Will Pucovski will probably be yet another important factor if he makes a comeback after several concussions. 

“We’ve got great players coming through with Renshaw now coming back into the fold,” Warner said of the options behind the current pair. 

“He spoke about learning his lessons from when he first came in, which is awesome. Marcus Harris has 15 to 20 Tests under his belt. He’s got that experience, now it’s taking that game to the next level for him and establishing his spot. The team is in a great spot for when we decide to leave, or get tapped on the shoulder.” 

Steve Smith Has Added 18 Months To Two Years To His Game: Kerry O’Keefe

The commentators discussed Warner’s situation after another rain delay and indicated he will probably reevaluate after next year’s Ashes after a four-match series in India in February and a possible World Test Championship final, adding Warner had “earned the right” to depart on his own terms. 

Steven Smith
Steven Smith. Pic Credits: Twitter.

One name Kerry O’Keeffe thinks will endure is Steve Smith, a 33-year-old. 

“He bats four, he’s overcome the Neil Wagner barrage, he’s changed his technique, I think that’s added 18 months to two years to his game,” O’Keeffe said. 

“I think he’ll go on Smith.” 

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