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David Warner is retiring from one-day cricket but is keeping options open for the 2025 Champions Trophy – Magazine Creations

David Warner has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. The announcement comes ahead of their final Test against Pakistan, scheduled to start on January 3. However, the 37-year-old Australian has kept options open to play in the 2025 Champions Trophy, if necessary.

The Champions Trophy will be held in Pakistan after six years of hiatus. Although the cricket tournament has been over 50 years now, reports claim that there is a push underway to make it T20.

Warner scored 6,932 runs in 161 ODIs in his career at an average of 45.30. His strike rate is impressive at 97.26. With 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries, Warner was considered one of the most destructive batsmen of his era.

Warner’s 112th Test match in his home city of Sydney will be his farewell match in Test cricket. In Test cricket, he has scored 8,695 runs at an average of 44.58 so far, with 26 centuries and 36 half-centuries under his belt.

Since his ODI debut in January 2009 against South Africa, he has been a regular in the Australian national team. He was part of two World Cup winning teams, in 2015 and 2023.

Warner wants to ‘give back to family’

“I have to give back to the family and also on the back of that I will definitely retire from one-day cricket as well,” he said at a press conference in Sydney.

“This is something I said during the (2023) World Cup, and to go beyond that, and to win it in India, I think this is a tremendous achievement,” Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying.

“So I’m going to make that decision today, to retire from these levels, which allows me to go and play some of the other (Twenty20) leagues around the world and kind of push the one-day team forward a little bit,” Warner said.

He added: “I know there is a Champions Cup coming.” “If in two years I am playing good cricket and I am there and they need someone, I will be available,” he added.

Australia will have to look for a new opener for their three-match series against the West Indies in February. It won’t be easy for anyone to fill Warner’s shoes.

(With AFP inputs)

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Published: 01 January 2024, 08:54 AM IST

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