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Last Update on: July 26th, 2023 at 11:31 am

Veteran Australian batter David Warner opened up about his retirement from Test cricket, admitting that he hasn’t changed his retirement plans from red-ball cricket. However, David Warner emphasized that winning his first Ashes series on English soil is his primary focus at the moment.

Earlier, David Warner announced that he would retire from the longer format of cricket after the Test match against Pakistan in Sydney in January 2024. The fifth and final Test against England in the Ashes series would be his final match in his red-ball career away from home conditions.

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Trying To Score As Many Runs – David Warner

When asked if he had considered altering his retirement plans, David Warner responded:

“No, not at all.”

“As a player that doesn’t go through your head. Going through your head is actually going out there and trying to score as many runs as you can and try and work hard on your game in the nets. If you get tapped on the shoulder (by selectors), you get tapped on the shoulder,” he added.

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I’ve Played A Lot Better Than What I Did Last Time – David Warner

The 36-year-old reflected on his performances in the ongoing series and said that he has done better than the last Ashes series in England in 2019.

“For me, I’ve probably left a few runs out there, but in saying that, I’ve played a lot better than what I did last time. I’ve got in good positions, I’m looking to score, I’ve had a couple of unlucky dismissals and then dismissals where I’ve tried to negate the swing or the seam and it’s caught the outside edge of the bat,” he added.

“So for me, I feel like I’m in a good space, contributed well, and as a batting unit, we’re all about partnerships. And I think the partnerships that we’ve had in key moments of this series so far have actually worked very well for us as a team,” he said.

The left-handed batter failed to convert his starts into big scores in the series. The southpaw scored 201 runs in eight innings, including one half-century. He seemed to be in good touch in the last Test and scored 32 runs and 28 runs in two innings, respectively.