New Delhi: Australia great David Warner has confirmed that he will retire from Test cricket after the current home season. Warner, who has been going through a lean run, made it to Australia’s WTC and Ashes squad. Warner said that if he can score runs in the WTC final and Ashes, he will play the series against Pakistan and retire. Warner’s selection for the Pakistan series is not guaranteed and all will depend on his form in the Ashes. If Warner fails to perform early in the series, his Test career may come to a premature end.
“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 Ashes] and make the Pakistan series I will definitely finish up then,” said Warner as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Warner also confirmed that he will retire from limited-overs cricket following the T20 World Cup in 2024. “You’ve got to score runs. I’ve always said the (2024) World Cup would probably be my final game,” Warner said on Saturday.
Australia Coach Andrew McDonald Optimistic About Warner Doing Well In Ashes
There were a lot of questions about David Warner’s place in the Test team owing to his extended lean patch but Aussie coach Andrew McDonald backed David Warner’s experience and selected him for the important WTC final and Ashes 2023. McDonald said that Warner has done well in the English conditions and he will play a significant role for Australia in the marquee series.
“We’re optimistic with what Dave’s got left,” McDonald had told SEN Radio. “We’ve picked him in the squad and we feel that he’s going to play a really significant part in the Ashes and the World Test Championship final.
“That’s why he’s on the plane. We think he’s got some good games left in him. He’s clearly in our plans. “He knows exactly where he sits with us and internally we’re really settled around what we need to do and how we’re going to go about it.”