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David Warner hints at 2027 ODI World Cup push

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David Warner has dismissed suggestions that the 2023 Cricket World Cup was his last hurrah, hinting that the 2027 tournament could be in his sights.

While much of the cricket world assumed David Warner had played his last ODI World Cup game when Australia defeated India on Sunday, the veteran batter’s recent social media activity suggests he might have other ideas.

Following the final in Ahmedabad, ESPNcricinfo published a post with the caption “David Warner’s ODI World Cup career ends with a glorious record”, complete with a graphic showing the hard-hitting lefty’s career statistics in the tournament.

However, Warner — who is set to retire from Test cricket at the end of this Australian summer — responded with: “Who says I’m finished?”

The New South Welshman was one of Australia’s standout performers in India, hitting 435 runs at 48.63 to finish as the team’s top runscorer — and sixth in the overall charts — for the tournament.

It has been widely framed as a fitting swansong for the 37-year-old, who also won the ODI World Cup in 2015 and the T20 World Cup in 2021.

But while his days in international red-ball cricket are numbered, it appears Warner might have the 2027 Cricket World Cup in his sights.

Mike Hussey — part of Australia’s 2007 World Cup-winning squad — believes Warner can remain a force in white-ball cricket for years to come.

“I wouldn’t write him off,” he told Fox Sports.

“He’s been a champion player in all forms of the game for such a long, long, long period of time and you should never write off champion players, and that’s exactly what he is.”

Warner was supposed to be part of Australia’s squad for the upcoming T20 series against India, which starts this Friday in Visakhapatnam, but he has pulled out in order to prepare for this summer’s Test series against Pakistan and the West Indies.

Australia head into Friday’s clash as slender -117.65 favourites with online bookmakers, leaving India at -105.26 odds.

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