David Warner was ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar series due to injury.
David Warner has returned to Australia after being ruled out of the series.
Sydney. Out-of-form Australian opener David Warner on Thursday (February 23) said that he would like to play limited-overs cricket till 2024 if the selectors decide to end his Test career. Warner reached Australia on Thursday after being ruled out of the last two matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India due to elbow fracture. Warner struggled to score runs in the first two Tests against India and was able to score only one, 10 and 15 runs in three innings.
He did not bat in the second innings of the second Test in New Delhi due to being ruled out due to a concussion. Warner said here at the Sydney airport, “I have always said that I want to play till 2024. If the selectors feel that I don’t deserve a place in the (Test) team, nothing can be done and I can try to play white-ball cricket.”
The 36-year-old left-handed batsman David Warner is still hopeful of making it into the squad for this year’s Ashes tour despite poor form. David Warner said, “I have the next 12 months, a lot of cricket to play for the team and if I can keep scoring runs and give my best for the team, then I will be able to make my place in the team and it will be great for the team.” .”
He said, “It is easy (for critics) when you are 36 and about to turn 37. I have seen this with former players as well. David Warner said, “If I remove the pressure from the rest of the players and if no one is worried about the rest of the team, I will be happy to do so.”
Warner’s Test career has been in doubt due to his prolonged poor form in the five-day format. He has been able to score only one Test century in the last three years. On Wednesday, Australian selector Tony Dodmade refused to comment on Warner’s future and discussions about his name for the Ashes tour.
He said, “We will talk about the plans for the Ashes later but we are determined to select the best fit and available players for the Test series, especially for a big series like the Ashes.” Warner, however, has been included in Australia’s 16-member ODI squad for the three-match series against India starting March 17 in Mumbai. The five-match Ashes series will begin in Birmingham from July 16.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 23, 2023, 18:20 IST