David Warner aka the Australian pocket size dynamite has hinted towards retirement from the longest format of cricket in a recent interview with Cricket Australia. Warner has stated that he is wishing to end his Test career before he says a goodbye to White ball cricket as well.
The left-hand batter has experienced a lot of ups downs in the last couple of years. He has been gaining his form only to miserably lose it while playing for Australia at the International level. Warner contains an innate ability to dominate bowlers from the outset, pouncing on any loose deliveries with ferocious intent.
“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 IPL some of the other franchise leagues and then get into that rhythm to play in June.” – Warner said about his retirement.
Reasons for the downfall of David Warner
His incredible hand-eye coordination allows him to play an array of shots, including the powerful pull, the audacious cut, and the scintillating lofted drives. David Warner has been a walking nightmare for opposing bowlers in the major parts of last decade. His strike rate in T20 is still 141.34.
However, Warner’s downfall in recent times can be attributed to a combination of factors. Firstly, his struggles against quality swing and seam bowling have been exploited by opponents, leading to a dip in his performances. Additionally, injuries have hampered his consistency, preventing him from finding his rhythm at the crease.
Furthermore, Warner’s aggressive approach, which once brought him success, has at times become his downfall. In his pursuit of dominance, he has often fallen victim to impulsive shot selection, resulting in unnecessary dismissals. This lack of restraint has allowed opponents to exploit his vulnerability and devise plans to dismiss him early.
What lies ahead of him?
David Warner has revealed that he is planning to quit Test cricket next year in January at his very home ground at Sydney. The 36-year-old mentioned that Australia’s Test series against Pakistan in 2024 will be his final Test series. In terms of White ball cricket, Warner said that he will continue playing ODIs and T20s until the 2024 ICC T20 World cup.
“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 (WTC final and ensuing Ashes campaign) and make the Pakistan series I will definitely finish up then.” – Warneer concluded.