Australia’s veteran and star opener David Warner has been making headlines for some time now for his form. He also flopped in the first two Tests of the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy against India and was dropped from the team before the second innings of the Delhi Test. He was hit on the head by Siraj’s ball due to which he was ruled out as a concussion procedure and Matthew Renshaw came into the playing 11. Apart from that, he scored only 1, 10 and 15 runs in the remaining three innings. He has returned to Australia after his injury and has made a big statement on taking his career forward. His statement also indicated the retirement of the Australian star.
Signs of retirement from Warner’s statement!
Out-of-favour Australian opener David Warner on Thursday said he would like to play limited-overs cricket till 2024 if the selectors decide to end his Test career. Warner arrived in Sydney on Thursday after being ruled out of the last two matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India due to an elbow injury. He did not bat in the second innings of the second Test after being ruled out due to a concussion in the Delhi Test. Warner said at Sydney airport that, I have always said that I want to play till 2024. If the selectors feel that I don’t deserve a place in the (Test) side, nothing can be done and I can try to play white-ball cricket.
Warner also hopes to play the Ashes
In his statement, the 36-year-old left-handed batsman further said that he is hopeful of making it into the Ashes squad this year despite his poor form. “I have got the next 12 months, a lot of team cricket to play and if I can keep scoring runs and give my best for the team then I will be able to cement my place in the team and that will be great for the team,” he said. When you are 36 and about to turn 37, it is easy (for critics). I have seen this with former players as well. If I can take the pressure off the rest of the players and if nobody is concerned about the rest of the team, I will be happy to do that.
Warner’s Test career has been in doubt due to his prolonged poor form in Test cricket. He has been able to score only one Test century in the last three years. On Wednesday, Australian selector Tony Dodmead refused to comment on Warner’s future and discussions about his name for the Ashes tour. “We will talk about the plans for the Ashes later but we are determined to pick the best fit and available players for the Test series, especially for a series as big as the Ashes,” he said. The five-match Ashes series begins in Birmingham from July 16. Warner, however, has been included in Australia’s 16-member ODI squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting March 17 in Mumbai.