Sydney, 2nd January 2024: Australia’s renowned opener, David Warner, has officially declared his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket. The emotional announcement took place during a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground, just ahead of his farewell Test match in Sydney. Warner, a pivotal figure in Australia’s World Cup victories in 2015 and 2023, shared his reflections on the significant achievements in ODI cricket and expressed his aspirations to explore opportunities in various cricket leagues worldwide.
The retiring batsman, who played a key role in the World Cup triumph in India, stated, “I’m retiring from one-day cricket as well. That was something that I had said through the World Cup, get through that, and winning it in India, I think that’s a massive achievement.” Warner highlighted that this decision would enable him to contribute to the progress of the Australian one-day team while participating in international leagues around the world.
Despite bidding farewell to ODI cricket, Warner left a slight opening for a potential return. He mentioned that if he continues to perform well in the coming years and if the team requires his services, he would consider returning for the 2025 Champions Trophy.
Having played in 161 ODIs and accumulating around 7000 runs, Warner played a crucial role in Australia’s victorious World Cup campaigns. While he takes this step, he hinted that he might not be the only player from the triumphant World Cup squad opting to step away from the 50-over format.
Warner expressed enthusiasm for his upcoming participation in the T20 World Cup later this summer and showed interest in playing in the next season of the Big Bash League. Confirming his intentions, he said, “I am keen to pursue playing Big Bash next year. There’s going to be conversations behind the scenes to allow me to do that.”