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AUS vs WI: David Warner hints at his T20I retirement after his last match on home soil

Published at :February 13, 2024 at 7:54 PM
Modified at :February 13, 2024 at 7:54 PM
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David Warner played his last international game at home today against West Indies.

Australia’s left-handed opening batter David Warner has confirmed that the third T20I against West Indies in the recently concluded series will be his last international game/series on Australian soil.

The veteran batter also hinted that he will not play for the national side beyond the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2024. Warner also stated that it’s the right time for the younger generation to take the stage and showcase their abilities.

The Australian opener played a blistering knock of 81 runs off just 49 balls in a losing cause in the third T20I against West Indies on February 14 at the Perth Stadium. Despite his valiant effort for his side, the visitors secured a 37-run win and saved a series sweep against the hosts.

Earlier, the Australian southpaw took retirement from ODIs on January 1, 2024, and from test cricket on January 6, 2024.

David Warner also mentioned that after the T20I series against New Zealand, he would like to take part in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) before heading into the T20 World Cup, which is going to be played in the West Indies and USA in the month of June, 2024.

“It was good to have a break and play the franchise stuff. I’ve got a lot of time off after the New Zealand series, go to the IPL before we embark on a World Cup in the Caribbean. Was quite surprised an opening bowler at 145kph and swings it not trying to get me out. Go the Caribbean, the boundaries aren’t too big there. I’m well and truly done, it’s time for the youngsters to come through and show their talent,” David Warner said after winning the Player of the Series award against West Indies.

In the recently concluded T20I series against the West Indies, Warner ended up as the leading run-scorer with 173 runs at an average of 57.67 along with two half-centuries.

Coming back to the match, West Indies posted a big total of 220/6 in 20 overs after a big 139-run stand between Andree Russell and Sherfane Rutherford, which helped the visitors post a huge total of 220/6 in 20 overs.

While chasing, Warner smashed a brilliant half-century, but his knock went in vain as the hosts fell short by 37 runs.

David Warner achieves multiple records after 3rd T20I against West Indies

Australian opener David Warner created history by becoming the seventh player and second Australian to breach the 3000-run mark in T20I cricket. The elite list includes Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Paul Stirling, and his teammate Aaron Finch.

The veteran opening batter Warner also became only the fifth player in T20 cricket to complete 12,000 runs. The left-handed batter overtook, Virat Kohli on the list of batters with most T20 runs, who is just six runs away from achieving this feat. The list includes Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, and Alex Hales.

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