Warner has featured in 103 Tests, 142 ODIs and 99 T20Is for the country since making his debut in 2009. © AFP
David Warner, the Australian batter, is hoping to end his Test career at the Sydney Cricket Ground following the three-match home series against Pakistan early next year, the 36-year-old stated on Saturday (June 3).
Warner is undergoing a poor run of form – having scored only 1 century in 17 Tests over the last two years He had already mentioned that he wanted to bring curtains down on his international career following next year’s 20-over World Cup, and is hoping for a Test farewell at his home ground in the Australian summer.
“I’ve always said the World Cup would probably be my final game. I probably owe it to myself and my family – if I can score runs here and continue to play back in Australia – I can definitely say I won’t be playing that West Indies series. If I can get through this and make the Pakistan series I will definitely finish up then.”
Warner, who is a part of the Australian squad for the upcoming World Test Championship final and the Ashes, has featured in 103 Tests, 142 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Australia since making his debut in 2009.
“I’ve always played every game as if it’s my last. It’s how I’ve always played, it’s my style of cricket, I love being around the team and try to be that ball of energy around the group. I just keep working as hard as I can to get to there. It starts this Test against India and I’m just looking forward to that challenge and then the challenge that presents itself against India.”
However, Warner – who had made his international debut in Twenty20 even before featuring in a first-class game – hopes to be a part of the Australian team in next year’s T20 World Cup.In T20Is, he has been prolific, scoring at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of 147 since 2021.
“I want to play that 2024 World Cup. It is something that is on the back of my mind. We’ve got a lot of cricket before that, and then I think it stops from February. So for me, then I’ll have to play obviously IPL, some of the other franchise leagues and then get into that rhythm to play in June. There will be a bit of cricket around to play. Who knows I might go back and play a Shield game for New South Wales.”