David Warner Announces ODI Retirement Ahead of Australia vs. Pakistan's Third Test

David Warner Announces ODI Retirement Ahead of Australia vs. Pakistan’s Third Test. When Australia’s opening batsman David Warner announced his ODI retirement to the media at a press conference on January 1, 2024, he dropped a bombshell. 

Following 161 ODIs and 6932 runs at an average of 45.30 and a strike rate of 97.26, the explosive opener has said goodbye to the format. Before his final Test match in Sydney, Warner gave an interview to the media and stated that, despite spending so much time on the run, he still has a family to support.

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Warner stated, “I have to give back to the family,” at the announcement.When Australia’s team led by Pat Cummins won the sixth ODI championship title in India last year, Warner took home his second World Cup medal. Warner claimed to have witnessed the World Cup while considering retiring from the ODI format.

“That (ODI retirement) was something I had said through the World Cup, get through that and winning that in India is a massive achievement.”

Warner scored an average of 56.55 runs during his 1527 World Cup runs. According to the statistics, he is Australia’s sixth-best batter in World Cups, with Ricky Ponting leading the way with 1743 runs.

Warner did, however, state that he will be available for Australia in the Champions Trophy 2025 if the selectors believe he is necessary. “I know there’s a Champions Trophy coming up and if I’m playing decent cricket still in two years’ time and they need someone, I’m going to be available,” Warner stated.

Warner’s career would come to an end in the third Test against Pakistan. Warner has amassed 8695 runs at an average of 44.58 and a strike rate of 70.26 in 111 Test matches thus far. With the best score of 335 not out, he has smashed 26 Test tons and 36 half-centuries.

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