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Cricket’s Sunset: Iconic cricketer Bids Farewell to the Game

Australian cricket legend David Warner has officially announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs), just hours before his farewell Test match against Pakistan in the upcoming third and final Test starting on January 3 at his home ground in Sydney. The 37-year-old, who recently secured his second ODI World Cup title, expressed his desire to participate in T20 leagues worldwide after bidding adieu to both Test and ODI formats.

During a press conference on the first morning of 2024, Warner clarified, “I am retiring from ODI cricket as well. That’s what I stated during the World Cup, and winning it in India was a significant achievement.” Despite stepping away from ODIs, Warner has left the door open for a potential return for the 2025 Champions Trophy, based on his form and fitness. He mentioned, “If I can play good cricket in two years and the Australian team needs me, I will be available.”

Warner, who will play his final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), wraps up an illustrious ODI career as Australia’s sixth-highest run-scorer. With 6932 runs in 161 matches, an average of 45.30, and a strike rate of 97.26, he leaves behind a remarkable legacy. His 22 centuries in ODIs place him second to Ricky Ponting, who holds the record with 29 centuries.

Despite stepping away from ODIs and Tests, Warner plans to continue his international career in the shortest format, T20 cricket. He is on the verge of reaching a milestone, being just one match away from completing 100 appearances in all three formats of the game. Additionally, Warner is expected to participate in franchise T20 leagues, including the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Dubai Capitals.

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