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David Warner Signs Off: A Look Back At The Australian Legend’s All-Format Career
By CricShots - Jun 25, 2024 3:44 pm
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David Warner’s international cricket career has come to a close, albeit not in the way he might have hoped. Australia’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the 2024 T20 World Cup marked the final curtain call for the explosive opener. While a Bangladesh victory over Afghanistan in the final Super 8 match could have extended their World Cup journey, ultimately, it wasn’t enough. This defeat sealed Warner’s international fate, as he had previously announced his retirement from international cricket following this tournament.

David Warner
David Warner

Although rumours swirled about a potential return for the 2025 Champions Trophy, Warner’s international exit seems more of a gradual fade than an abrupt one. He had already played his final ODI during Australia’s successful 2023 Indian campaign and his last Test match against Pakistan earlier in 2024.

The T20 World Cup marked the final chapter in a remarkable international career. David Warner’s talent was evident from his very first T20 international innings – a blistering 89 runs off just 43 balls against South Africa. He went on to amass an impressive 3277 runs in 110 T20I matches, including a century against Pakistan in 2019 – a feat that made him only the third Australian cricketer to score centuries in all three formats of the game.

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Along the way, he notched up a further 28 half-centuries. Beyond international cricket, Warner has carved a successful franchise T20 career, particularly in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2021, he became just the fourth batsman in history to surpass the coveted 10,000 run mark in T20 cricket.

 

Tributes poured in following Warner’s international retirement. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting acknowledged Warner’s immense impact, stating, “We know he retired in the summer from Test cricket, but you’ll struggle to find a guy that’s had as big an impact on all three forms in Australian cricket than David Warner has.”

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Echoing these sentiments, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood spoke of the void Warner’s absence will leave: “We’ll definitely miss him around the group, out in the field and off field.” He continued, “(An) amazing all-format career… It’s always different when you lose a player that’s been there for so long.”

David Warner’s international career may be over, but his legacy as a prolific batsman and impactful leader will undoubtedly live on. While his international chapter is closed, fans can still expect to see him light up the field in franchise cricket for years to come.