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David Warner Announces Retirement from ODI, Test Cricket

David Warner Announces Retirement from ODI, Test Cricket

After deciding to retire from Test cricket, David Warner has now announced his withdrawal from One Day International (ODI) cricket.

The two-time Cricket World Cup winner shared this decision on New Year’s Day. The left-handed opener, known for his significant contributions, amassed 6932 runs at an average of 45.30 in the ODI format, displaying an impressive strike rate of 97.26.

Warner’s batting prowess is highlighted by his remarkable innings, such as his knock of 163 against Pakistan at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, where he smashed nine sixes and 14 fours.

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Throughout his ODI career, especially in global tournaments, Warner accumulated 1527 World Cup runs at an impressive average of 56.55, scoring at a rate exceeding a run per ball. He now stands among the top World Cup run-scorers, with only five men, including compatriot Ricky Ponting (1743), surpassing him.

During his retirement announcement, Warner expressed the desire to prioritize his family, stating, “I’ve got to give back to the family.” He specifically mentioned his commitment to ODI retirement, a decision he had contemplated during the World Cup, emphasizing the significance of winning it in India.

While Warner declared his withdrawal from ODIs, he left the possibility of a return for the 2025 Champions Trophy open, indicating his availability if his cricketing form remains strong. He said, “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 initially entered the Australia set-up as a limited-overs specialist, making his debut in T20I cricket in January 2009 against South Africa before later progressing to ODIs. The 37-year-old opener will conclude his international career with his final Test match against Pakistan at the SCG, starting on January 3.