David Warner considering T20I retirement after T20 World Cup 2021 to prolong career

Warner has played 76 T20Is for Australia so far.

Warner with the Allan Border Medal and Men's T20I Player of the Year award | Getty Images

Australia’s opener David Warner is planning to say goodbye to T20Is  following the two back-to-back ICC T20 World Cups to be played in Australia later this year with the next edition in India in 2021.

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The left-hander, who was recently honored with the Allan Border Medal for the second and the Men's T20I Player of the Year award at the 2020 Cricket Australia Awards, has played 76 T20Is and has scored 2079 runs, including a hundred and 15 half-centuries for Australia so far.

As per reports in ESPNcricinfo, Warner said: “If you look at T20 internationals, we've got back-to-back World Cups as well, that's probably a format that could be one I'd probably drop in a few years. I have to look at the schedule; it's going to be very difficult (for me) to play all three forms and good luck to all the guys who want to keep playing that.”

The 33-year-old further explained, “You talk to guys like AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag, these guys who've done it for a long time, it does become challenging. Having three young kids and my wife at home all the time, constant traveling becomes very difficult. If it was to come down to (leaving out) one format, it would probably be the international T20s.”

The Aussie also revealed why he has chosen to skip the Big Bash League for much of his career.

Warner signed off by saying, “I don't have a BBL team; I took a break during this period, and that was about my body and my mind, making sure I'm getting ready for the next series that comes up.”

(With ESPNcricinfo Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 11 Feb, 2020

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