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David Warner announces ODI retirement

Australian opener David Warner has announced his retirement from his 14-year One Day International cricket career on the eve of his final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Speaking to the media in the lead-up to Australia’s third Test match against Pakistan, Warner confirmed he is “definitely retiring from one-day cricket”, alluding to the need for development in Australia’s ODI set-up.

“I make that decision today to retire from those forms, which does allow me time to go and play some other leagues around the world and sort of get the one-day team moving forward a bit.”

The left-hander retires from the format as Australia’s sixth-highest runscorer, behind some of the best names to play the sport, including World Cup winning captains Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

Warner won his first ODI World Cup under the leadership of Clarke in Australia in 2015, before winning his second title in India earlier this year.

Warner has left the door open for a return to the 50-over format, however unlikely that may be, when Pakistan hosts the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

“I know the Champions Trophy is coming up… if I’m playing decent cricket in two years’ time and if they need someone, I’ll be available.”

Australian coach Andrew McDonald also spoke to the media in the lead-up to the third Test at the SCG, labelling Warner Australia’s “greatest ever three-format player”.

Warner’s decision allows him the time to participate in the Big Bash League full-time during Australia’s summer, while also taking his place in the Indian Premier League.

Further, the 37 year-old can participate in the English T20 Blash and Hundred competitions, as well as becoming involved in the American Major League Cricket where he would become arguably the league’s biggest player.

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