Australia's star batsman David Warner confirmed his retirement from T20Is on Tuesday, February 13 after the T20 World Cup 2024 to be played in West Indies and USA from June 01. Notably, Warner had announced his retirement from Test and ODI earlier this year. Decided to bid goodbye to the shortest format after the third T20 match against West Indies in Perth.
The Australian opener was the lone warrior for the hosts in the third T20I, scoring a brilliant 81 off 49 balls, however, it was not enough to help his team chase down 221. The 37-year-old was also named Player of the Player. In the three-match series, he was the highest run scorer with 173 runs in three innings.
Talking about his future plans after winning the Player of the Series award, the opening batsman revealed that he is 'well and truly done' and is looking forward to leaving the opening spot to the youngsters after the World Cup. Are happy.
“It was good to take a break and play in the franchise. I have got plenty of time after the New Zealand series, I will be going to watch the IPL before starting the World Cup in the Caribbean. I was quite surprised that an opening bowler was bowling at 145 kilometers per hour and was not trying to get me out. Go to the Caribbean, the limits aren't very big there. “I'm well and really ready, now it's time for the youngsters to come forward and showcase their talent,” Warner said in the post-match press conference.
David Warner is the second highest run scorer for Australia in T20.
Earlier in the first T20I, he played a brilliant inning of 70 (36) with the help of 12 fours and one six, due to which Australia won the match by 11 runs. During the start of the series, the southpaw also became the third batsman in the history of the game to play 100 matches in all three formats.
Warner is the second-highest run-scorer for Australia in T20Is, with 3067 runs in 102 innings at an average of 33.70 and a strike rate of 142.51 with one century and 26 fifties. He is just 53 runs away from surpassing Aaron Finch's mark of 3120 runs and becoming the most decorated batsman for Australia in the shortest format of international cricket.
Notably, Warner was awarded the Player of the Tournament in the 2021 T20 World Cup as the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament with 289 runs in seven innings. He will be keen to end his career on a similar note, helping Australia to their second title in this format.
Meanwhile, Australia will take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series starting on Wednesday, February 21, which will also be their last series before the T20 World Cup 2024.
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