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David Warner makes retirement announcement


David Warner wants next summer’s SCG clash with Pakistan to be his last in the Baggy Green cricket for Australia.

The champion Aussie opener will retire from Test cricket at his home ground in 2024 if his form still warrants selection in the side at that point.

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The 36-year-old is certain to be selected for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India at Lord’s next week, but with a lean run of form coming into it the marquee event and the subsequent Ashes series in England immediately after, his place in the side is no longer cemented.

Warner struggled in the Aussies’ most recent Test series against India away, where he failed to reach a score above 15 in each of the first two Tests before returning home with injury.

His Asian woes were consistent with a poor record in the sub-continent over his career, bettered only by an ever poorer record in England, where he has struggled against Stuart Broad in particular.

And he will have to turn that form around over the upcoming six Tests in England if he is to convince the selectors his career has one Australian summer left in it yet.

The all-time Australian great is as aware of that as anyone, conceding he needs to score runs to stay in the team.

Speaking to reporters in Beckenham ahead of the WTC final, Warner broke the news of his desire to go out on a perfect swansong at the SCG next year.

David Warner has confirmed when he hopes to retire from Test cricket. Credit: Gety

“If I can get through this (WTC final and ensuing Ashes campaign) and make the Pakistan series I will definitely finish up then,” he said.

Though he ruled out taking part in the West Indies series that follows the Pakistan series next summer, we still won’t have seen the last of Warner in Australian colours.

He still hopes to keep playing white-ball cricket until the end of the 2024 T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA.

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

“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.”

Warner led his Delhi Capitals to the IPL playoffs last month and enjoyed a strong season in the world’s best T20 tournament.

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Source: 7News