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Even after retiring, Warner did not say goodbye

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David Warner is like Kadambini. The Australian opener retired from ODIs on Monday morning. He added a ‘but’ before the fuss started. He said, if the team wants, they can also play in the 2025 Champions Trophy. That is, Warner has not yet retired!

He has already announced that he will retire from the most elite version of cricket with the Sydney Test. If the Sydney Test is played on the fifth day, then Warner will see the red ball for the last time on January 7. On the eve of the Test, which will start on the 3rd, Warner announced his retirement from ODIs as well, ‘I am retiring from ODIs as well. Something I said during the World Cup, to finish the tournament, and win the World Cup in India, I think it’s a big achievement.’

The 37-year-old Warner’s international debut came a little later. And at this time, Australia has played very few ODIs. Warner, who became a regular for Australia after the 2011 World Cup, played just 161 matches. That’s 6,932 runs at an average of 45.30. Scored 22 centuries. Only Ricky Ponting is ahead of him in ODI centuries in Australia, but Ponting played 205 innings more than him.

Australia’s sixth-highest run-scorer in ODIs feels that what he has achieved in Tests or ODIs is enough, ‘Today I am taking that decision, retiring from both formats. This will allow me to play in other leagues around the world and the ODI team will also be able to progress.’

However, if Australia does not find a suitable opener even in the next year and a half, Warner extended a helping hand, ‘I know the Champions Trophy is ahead. If I play well after two years and still survive and they need someone, I don’t mind. ‘

In his opinion, the way Australia has returned to the World Cup, it seems that it is not bad to be able to finish alone, ‘I was able to take this decision quite comfortably. From the position I was in, it was great to win in India. When India lost two matches in a row, the bond between the team became stronger. And what we achieved was no accident. Maxi’s (Glenn Maxwell) heroics, the captaincy, the skill with which we played India and the tactics were great, not to forget the semi-final in Kolkata.’

Warner is interested in playing T20 till 2027 even if he withdraws from ODIs and Tests.



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