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Australia cricketer David Warner opened up his retirement plan from the Tests ahead of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final. He said that if he goes well against India and Ashes 2023, he will hang up his boots after the SCG Test against Pakistan at home in January. 

David Waner has been one of the finest openers that have played for Australia. He’s rated amongst the best batters that are going around the world cricket in all three formats. But of late his form in the longest format of the game has raised quite a few questions about his place in the side. 

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Also with David Warner in the last phase of his career, calls have been there about his retirement and to replace him. He has failed to score runs consistently in the longest format of the game and has found himself on the receiving end of the skewing. 

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Apart from scoring a double century against South Africa earlier this year, David Warner has looked miserable in the middle and has failed to reach fifty in the last 18 Test innings. He was last seen in action against India in Tests, where he failed and was out due to injury. 

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But his poor form of late cannot define what an incredible contributor he has been for Australia in the Tests. There have been many speculations about his retirement and he himself has cleared all of them. In a recent interaction reporter in Beckenham ahead of next week’s World Test Championship final against India, he said his last game in cricket will come in the T20 World Cup 2024. 

“You’ve got to score runs. I’ve always said the (2024) World Cup would probably be my final game.” 

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David Warner also opened up about his Test career. He said that if he finds a place in the Test team after good performances in England, the series against Pakistan at home will be his last. David Warner explained: 

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“I probably owe it to myself and my family – if I can score runs here and continue to play back in Australia – I can definitely say I won’t be playing that West Indies series. If I can get through this (WTC final and ensuing Ashes campaign) and make the Pakistan series I will definitely finish up then.” 

“I want to play that 2024 World Cup. It is something that is on the back of my mind. We’ve got a lot of cricket before that, and then I think it stops from February,” said David Warner.

“So for me, then I’ll have to play IPL some of the other franchise leagues and then get into that rhythm to play in June. There will be a bit of cricket around to play. Who knows I might go back and play a Shield game for New South Wales.”

With ICC WTC Final and Ashes 2023 around the corner, a big question remains about whether David Warner will find a place in the XI or not. His record in the Test is exceptional as in 102 games he has scored 8158 runs at an average of 45.58. Apart from this, he has smashed 25 centuries and 34 half-centuries. He will go down as one of the finest to have played the game.

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