Veteran Australian opener David Warner has confirmed that the third T20I against West Indies was his last international game on Australian soil. Warner confirmed he will not play for Australia beyond the T20 World Cup 2024, emphasizing that it is time for the younger generation to take the stage and showcase their abilities.
Warner, who had been in sublime form, played a superb knock of 81 runs off just 49 balls but could not lead Australia to a series sweep as West Indies secured a 37-run win in the third T20I. Warner’s retirement from T20Is follows his earlier departures from other formats; he retired from ODIs on January 1, 2024, and from Test cricket on January 6, 2024.
Warner has expressed his satisfaction with his career and is ready to pass the torch to the upcoming generation of cricketers. The veteran opener mentioned that after the series against New Zealand, he would participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before heading to the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Warner highlighted the opportunity for younger players to step up and showcase their abilities as they step away from the international stage.
“It was good to have a break and play the franchise stuff. I’ve got a lot of time off after the New Zealand series, go to the IPL before we embark on a World Cup in the Caribbean. Was quite surprised an opening bowler at 145kph and swings it not trying to get me out. Go the Caribbean, the boundaries aren’t too big there. I’m well and truly done, it’s time for the youngsters to come through and show their talent,” Warner said after winning the Player of the Series award.
Australia’s campaign in the T20 World Cup 2024 is set to begin on June 6 against Oman, and Warner’s presence will be crucial for the team. As he approaches the end of his illustrious career, Warner looks forward to contributing to Australia’s success and potentially retiring as a world champion across formats, having already been part of the team that won the World Test Championship title and the ODI World Cup.