David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner is unquestionably far closer to the end than the finish at this point since he will turn 36 the following month. 

Although Warner claims that his retirement has been postponed until at least early 2024 due to an away Ashes series and a 50-over World Cup the following year, with the latter flowing into the home summer, his 2013 diary indicated that he will retire in the year 2023. 

David Warner and Marcus Stoinis (image Credits: Twitter)
David Warner and Marcus Stoinis (Image Credits: Twitter)

David Warner Not Ruling Out Continuing His Career

With few apparent replacements, especially in Test cricket, Warner isn’t completely ruling out the prospect of continuing his career after that point. 

Since Warner’s Test debut, Australia has opened the batting with 15 different players. He has started the Test batting with Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft, Will Pucovski, and Usman Khawaja since serving his suspension-related sentence in 2019. 

David Warner and Usman Khawaja
David Warner and Usman Khawaja Image Source: Twitter

With the exception of Pucovski, whose development has been impeded by recurrent concussions, only the latter has capitalised on the chance. 

Warner and Khawaja, who both turn 36 this year, do not provide a long-term option at the top of the order. 

My Goal Is To Play Until The End Of Next Year At Least: David Warner

Warner is conscious that he has a responsibility to uphold for Australia, which may keep him around for a while. He is aware that he cannot remain here indefinitely because a lengthier stay would just delay the inevitable. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time playing, I’ve still got a lot to give. And I think I owe the next generation of cricketers and the supporters that little bit extra,” he said.  

“My goal is to play until the end of next year at least and see where I’m at. There’s a lot of good kids coming through. Obviously me and Uz (Khawaja) open the batting in Test cricket, it’s a big hole to fill … to find one opener is hard but to find two is going to be very hard. 

“I’ve always had the care to make sure I leave the game in a good spot, and that means teamwise as well.

Steve Smith and David Warner
Steve Smith and David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I know when Smithy and I took over, we had some holes there. We went through a three or four-year period trying to find a balance. It was extremely difficult. We won some games and some series but weren’t as consistent as we’d like.  

“You don’t want to leave those holes, as hard as it is.  

“But there’s going to be a time where at least five or six of us go around the same time, in 12 to 18 months.” 

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