AUS vs SA: David Warner Should Consider Test Retirement: Simon O'Donnell

Updated - 19 Dec 2022, 04:34 PM

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Former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell believes opening batsman David Warner, 36, should think about quitting the game’s longest format since he isn’t the same performer he was up until approximately two years ago.

In Brisbane’s maiden Test match against South Africa, which the home team won by six wickets in under two days, Warner was out for a duck and only managed to score three runs.

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Prior to the first Test against the Proteas, Warner has scores of 5, 48, 21, and 28 in the four innings this summer. He last hit a Test century in January 2020.

“I think he’d (Warner) be contemplating and possibly should (retire) at the end of the Sydney Test (third game against the Proteas from Jan 4-8, 2023),” O’Donnell was cited as saying by SEN on Monday.

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“We’re not talking about David Warner in the last few innings, we’re talking about David Warner in the last two years, he hasn’t been the same player he was prior to then. That indicates to me that if David found form again, it’s not going to be for long. We actually have a sample area over a long period of time where things haven’t been up to standard.”

David Warner Can Still Play White-Ball Cricket: Simon O’Donnell

Warner would have been shocked if he had been dismissed fast in both innings by South African speed bowler Kagiso Rabada, according to O’Donnell, who played in 87 ODIs and six Tests.

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“I just think it’s time… that first ball from Rabada in the first innings… it’s un-Warner-like,” O’Donnell said.

“He came out in that second dig (innings) – you could see he was pumped to the nth degree. “He was up and about and look, he got a beauty (of a delivery), but again I just don’t think he’s where he wants to be,” added O’Donnell.

Warner, according to 59-year-old O’Donnell, still has plenty of white-ball cricket left in him.

“It’s time for him to clearly consider (retirement from Test cricket). He’ll still play white-ball cricket for a period of time in my opinion.”

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