David Warner Hints About Retirement, Reveals Which Format He Can Give Up First
With his performance in the ongoing home season, David Warner has shown that he can still be Australia’s best player across formats. After finishing the World Cup as Australia’s second highest run-scorer and struggling in the Ashes, the southpaw has hit a purple patch at home. He started the home season with his maiden T20I century which came against Sri Lanka and since then his performance has only gotten better.
His finest performance has come in the ongoing second Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval where he scored his maiden triple century in Tests. David Warner scored a monumental 335* to put Australia on the driver’s seat. He had the chance to score more but Tim Paine declared the innings with Australia’s scoreboard reading an ominous 589 for 3. In the previous Test at the Gabba, he scored 154.
Retirement not far for David Warner?:
David Warner is one of the very few players who performs really well across formats. In the last few months, he has done brilliantly across ODIs, T20Is as well as Tests. However, the Australia star has revealed he could retire from either red or white-ball cricket in the next 18 months in a bid to prolong his career in the other format.
Australia’s Test schedule is light over the next couple of years but they will have a busy T20 schedule with two T20 World Cups lined up in the next couple of years. But with Warner not getting younger, he has hinted that he is unlikely he will continue playing all formats in the coming months. And at the same time, he has also suggested that he could give up white-ball cricket first.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet but I think when you play Test cricket, it’s obviously less taxing on your legs unless you’re out there all day like that,” Warner said.
“I haven’t really put any thought into what I’ll do first, whether I give away T20 internationals to free up some time for the Test matches.
“I think that’ll probably come around the corner after next year’s World Cup. I might have to think about it. There’s a World Cup six months after that as well.
“Something’s got to give. It’s also an opportunity for a youngster to come through. We’ve got great depth in Australian cricket,” he added.