David Warner, the experienced Australian batsman, recently discussed his retirement plans from Test cricket, confirming that he has no intention of changing his decision regarding red-ball cricket. However, Warner emphasized that his main focus right now is winning his first Ashes series on English soil.
Previously, Warner had announced that he would retire from the longer format of cricket after the Test match against Pakistan in Sydney in January 2024. His final match in his red-ball career away from home conditions would be the fifth and final Test against England in the Ashes series.
When asked if he had considered altering his retirement plans, Warner responded,
“No, not at all.”
“As a player, that doesn’t even cross your mind. What occupies your thoughts is going out there, scoring as many runs as possible, and putting in the hard work during practice sessions. If the selectors decide it’s time, then that’s how it will be,” he added.
Reflecting on his performances in the ongoing series, the 36-year-old stated that he has performed better than in the previous Ashes series in England in 2019.
“For me, I feel like I could have scored a few more runs, but overall, I’ve played much better than last time. I’ve positioned myself well, looked to score, and unfortunately, I’ve had a couple of dismissals due to bad luck or misjudging the swing or seam, resulting in edges,” he added.
“So, personally, I feel confident and satisfied with my contributions. As a batting unit, we focus on partnerships, and I believe the partnerships we’ve had in crucial moments of this series have been beneficial for our team,” he said.
Although Warner has been unable to convert his starts into significant scores in the series, he has scored 201 runs in eight innings, including one half-century. In the last Test, he seemed to be in good form, scoring 32 and 28 runs in two innings, respectively.