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David Warner Confirms WI T20I As Final Home Match; All Set To Retire After T20 World Cup 2024

image-lskenwyfDavid Warner (AP)

Australia’s batting resolute David Warner has confirmed that he has played the last match of his illustrious international career at home. Earlier this year, the legendary opening batsman made his exit from Tests and ODIs, and implied that the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2024 in West Indies will mark his overall retirement from international cricket.

Warner recently took field for his country against West Indies in a three-match T20I series at home. With the series coming to a conclusion at Perth Stadium on February 13, there are no more home fixtures lined up for Australia until Warner’s imminent retirement plans.

David Warner confirms WI series as final match at home

David Warner blasted a match-winning 35-ball 70 against West Indies at Hobart in the opening T20I of their three-match series earlier in February. He followed it up with a near run-a-ball 22 at Adelaide, and concluded the series with another 81-run blitzkrieg at the Perth Stadium.

For tallying 173 runs from just three innings, the ageing Australian warhorse was adjudged as ‘Player of the Series’. During the post-match presentation ceremony of the final T20I, Warner confirmed that this year’s T20 World Cup in West Indies will “truly” be his final assignment, and he is currently looking forward to the tournament as well as its roadmap fixtures in New Zealand and in IPL 2024. He said:

“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. 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.”

David Warner has been selected in Australia’s 15-player squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against antipodean rivals New Zealand. The three matches will be staged between February 21 and February 25 at Wellington (first T20I) and Auckland (final two T20Is) respectively.

Following the short series in New Zealand, Warner will embark on a near two-month-long tour to India for the much-awaited IPL 2024 season as a potential captain for the Delhi Capitals franchise.