David Warner, Australia’s batting legend, has announced that he will retire from Test cricket if he is selected for the Pakistan Series at home in January of next year. Warner has struggled with his red-ball form of late and is in England to play in the World Test Championship Finals against India, followed by the Ashes. At least for the WTC Final, the opening batter will be expected to play in the XI.
Warner, 36, knows that his place in the Pakistan Test squad will be determined by how he performs in these two series away. Warner said that, if given the chance, he’d like to finish his career on the Syndey cricket ground if he is selected for that Pakistan series. The 36-year old also announced that he would bid international cricket farewell after the T20 World Cup in 2024.
Warner told, “I have always said that the T20 World Cup  will be my last game. But I feel I owe myself and my family this.” If I score runs in Australia and continue playing there, I will definitely not be playing the West Indies Test series. If I make it through this series and can play the Pakistan series then I will finish off. .”
Can David Warner play until January 2024?
David Warner may want to finish his career at SCG, but it is a far-off dream, given the amount of cricket Australia will play this year. Warner is a regular in all formats and has to appear in the ODI World Cup later this year. He has to keep playing regularly to maintain rhythm. The 36-year old is aware of the pressure and worries about his workload, but also wants to push himself.
“Leading up to a home summer is going to be exhausting, and I think that the boys have heard the selectors speak to them about the series on which we pride ourselves. “This [WTC] Championship, the Ashes and then the World Cup is the big one,” Warner said.
“We have to be on our feet. For us to win, the senior players must put their hands up, score many runs and take wickets. We will be able handle whatever future challenges the team faces if we can do this.