SYDNEY: Australian opening batter David Warner announced his retirement from ODI cricket on Monday ahead of his farewell Test against Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Warner previously announced that the Sydney Test, which would commence on January 3, 2024, would be his final appearance in Test cricket.
He has also confirmed his retirement from ODI cricket, however, he has not ruled out the possibility of turning out to play in Champions Trophy 2025, only if the team needs him.
David Warner announced his decision during a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“I’ve got to give back to the family and also on the back of that I’m definitely retiring from one-day cricket as well,” Warner announced.
“That was something that I had said through the World Cup, get through that, and winning it in India, I think that’s a massive achievement.”
Warner also stated the fact that leaving ODI cricket will allow him to feature in more T20 franchise leagues around the globe.
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“So I’ll make that decision today, to retire from those forms, which does allow me to go and play some other (T20) leagues around the world and sort of get the one-day team moving forward a little bit,” he added.
But the veteran opening batter has left the door open for his return in Champions Trophy 2025, which is scheduled to be played in Pakistan.
“I know there’s a Champions Trophy coming up. If I’m playing decent cricket in two years time and I’m around and they need someone, I’m going to be available,” he concluded.
Warner will continue to represent Australia in the T20I format with a T20 World Cup scheduled later this year in the United States of America (USA) and West Indies.
The 37-year-old will his feature in his 112th and final Test against Pakistan, starting from January 3rd, having amassed 8,695 runs at an average of 44.58, with 26 centuries and 36 half-centuries.
Meanwhile, he has featured in 161 ODIs, scoring 6932 runs at an average of 45.30 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries.