Australian batsman David Warner announced his retirement from the Test and ODI forms: David Warner retired from Test cricket after playing an innings of 57 runs and leading Australia to a spectacular victory over Pakistan in the Sydney Test.
The opener batted in his typical aggressive style and hit seven fours while chasing the target of 130 runs. Although he fell when Australia were 11 runs short of the target, the batsman had done enough to ensure a comfortable win.
It was the end of an illustrious Test and ODI career. Warner scored 8786 Test runs at an average of 44.59, which included 26 Test centuries and 37 fifties.
In the ODI format, Warner scored 6932 runs at an average of 45.3, including 22 ODI centuries and 33 fifties. He was a partner in several successful Test and ODI wins, including ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup wins in 2015 and 2023 and ICC World Test Championship win in 2023.
Speaking to the host broadcaster at the end of the Test, Warner believed the win was the culmination of a perfect period for Australian cricket.
"It's pretty much a dream come true. Win 3-0 [against Pakistan] and cap off what's been a great 18 months to two years for the Australian cricket team.
On the back of the World Test Championship win, Ashes series draw, and then the World Cup [in India] and then to come here and finish 3-0 is an outstanding achievement and I'm just proud to be with this bunch of great cricketers here."
Warner also appreciated his home crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground,"I felt happy and really proud. And just to come here in front of your home crowd with the support that they've shown me, and the Australian cricket team over the last decade of my career.
"I can't thank them enough. Without you guys, we aren't able to do what we do and it's much appreciated."
Warner said he was happy with his aggressive innings, which was a fitting end to his career and a reflection of his mindset.
"We're in the entertainment business, and I'm just happy to come out here and showcase what I try to do all the time," Warner said. "I started with T20 and tried to come out here and tried and emulate that but I tried to play my shots, go out the way that I have played. And yeah, managed to get a win on the board which is great."
An emotional Warner thanked his family for their support and encouragement throughout his cricket career, and made a special mention of his wife Candice.
Without their support you can’t do what you do. I owe credit to my parents for giving me a beautiful and great upbringing. My brother Steve, I followed in his footsteps. And then Candice came along and sort of got me in line. We’ve had a beautiful family and I cherish every moment I get with them. I love them to death, and I’m not going to keep carrying on because I’ll get too emotional.
But thank you, Candice, for what you've done. You mean the world to me, and I appreciate it."
Warner signed off by discussing how he would love to be remembered after he was gone, “[As] exciting, entertaining, and I hope I put a smile on everyone’s face with the way that I played. And hopefully. the young kids out there can follow in my footsteps.
"White-ball cricket to Test cricket. It's the pinnacle of our sport. So keep working hard to play the red-ball game because it's entertaining as well."
David Warner Batting Test & ODI Stats
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