David Warner says he has plans to retire from Test cricket in the next 12 months.
The opening batter quietly dropped the huge news in a radio interview with Triple M on Sunday.
The Australian team across all three formats is as unsettled as ever as the team confronts the prospect of ushering in the next generation of players.
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The 36-year-old could be the first to pull the pin and open the floodgates to a series of other established Test players giving up red-ball cricket.
Usman Khawaja, 35, Nathan Lyon 35, Mitchell Starc, 32, Josh Hazlewood, 32, and even Steve Smith, 33, are no certainties to play on forever.
Warner says he intends to continue to play white-ball cricket and wants to be there at the next T20 World Cup in 2024 and the ODI World Cup in India next year.
His plans for Test cricket do not extend beyond next year’s Ashes series in England.
Australia’s busy 2023 schedule also involves a Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in India, beginning in February.
“Test cricket will probably be the first one to fall off,” Warner said on Triple M’s Deadset Legends.
“Because that’s how it will pan out. The T20 World Cup is in 2024, (one-day) World Cup next year.
“Potentially it could be my last 12 months in Test cricket.
“But I love the white-ball game. It’s amazing.”
He went on to say: “T20 cricket — I love the game. I will be looking to get to 2024.
“For all those people saying I am past it and a lot of those old people are past it, look out. Be careful what you wish for.”
Warner continues to wait to learn news about the potential scrapping of his lifetime leadership ban which has been held over his head ever since the infamous ball-tampering scandal.
Despite campaigns being run behind the scenes, Warner was overlooked as a potential candidate to replace Aaron Finch as Australia’s white-ball captain. Cricket Australia announced Test skipper Pat Cummins will captain the ODI and T20 national teams when he is not being rested from his extremely busy schedule.
Australian cricket legend Shane Watson last week slammed Cricket Australia for its lack of action regarding Warner’s leadership ban, saying the veteran opener should be the skipper for the next T20 World Cup.
“I’ve had an opinion on who should have been the short-term T20 World Cup captain for a while, and that’s David Warner,” a fired up Watson said.
“But that seems to have been caught up in the bureaucracy of Australian cricket because of a couple of lines of a code of conduct legal document.
“How hard is it to change one or two lines in a legal document to make sure that someone who has paid for his mistakes and then some (can captain the side)?
“The code of conduct documents can be changed by someone in two seconds.
“For me, David Warner is an excellent decision maker under pressure. Tactically, he’s very good, he’s a very good leader and he’s very experienced as well.
“I’m just disappointed that for his sake he hasn’t had an opportunity to lead the Aussies because he’s a very good leader.
“Obviously, it’s not a long-term solution, but another T20 World Cup is coming up in a few years and Dave is still going to be performing very well because he’s still one of the best T20 batters in the world.”