David Warner Announces Retirement from ODIs Ahead of Test Finale

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David Warner Announces Retirement from ODIs Ahead of Test Finale
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Australian opener David Warner has officially retired from one-day international cricket just before his final Test against Pakistan this week. However, Warner hinted that he might consider playing in the 2025 Champions Trophy if there’s a need.

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The 37-year-old will play his last Test in Sydney on Wednesday, marking his 112th appearance. Throughout his Test career, he’s racked up an impressive 8,695 runs, boasting an average of 44.58, including 26 centuries and 36 half-centuries.

Warner has been a part of ODI cricket since his debut back in 2009, contributing to Australia’s World Cup victories in 2015 and 2023.

“I’ve decided to step away from one-day cricket to prioritize family and explore opportunities in other leagues globally,” David Warner shared during a press conference.

“After the incredible win in India during the 2023 World Cup, I feel it’s the right time to make this call.”

While bidding adieu to ODIs, Warner expressed openness to participating in the Champions Trophy in 2025 if circumstances permit. The upcoming tournament, scheduled in Pakistan, will mark its return since 2017.

With his exit from ODI cricket after 161 matches, Warner leaves behind an impressive record of 6,932 runs at an average of 45.30, including 22 centuries, making him the second Australian, after Ricky Ponting, in terms of century hits.

Despite stepping away from ODIs, Warner remains committed to T20 cricket, setting his sights on the 2024 World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States.

Cricket Australia’s chief, Nick Hockley, expressed gratitude for Warner’s immense contributions, praising his attacking style that not only impacted Australian victories but also captivated global cricket enthusiasts, drawing many to Test cricket.

Reflecting on his Test journey, Warner described concluding his career in Sydney as a “fairytale ending,” expressing gratitude for his 112-Test-long journey, which he finds hard to believe himself. He hopes to be remembered as someone genuine, honest, and dedicated to giving his best on the field.

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