Ashes series
Australian opening batsman David Warner is looking forward to the next challenge in his international career.

Australian opening batsman David Warner is looking forward to the next challenge in his international career after helping the Aussies to a resounding victory over England in the Ashes.

While some may be talking of a potential retirement for Warner as he’s now 35-year-old, he isn’t even contemplating putting away his bat just yet.

“We still haven’t beaten India in India,” Warner said. “That would be nice to do. And obviously, England away, we had a drawn series [in 2019], but hopefully, if I managed to get that chance and opportunity, I might think about going back.” It’s been a productive few months for the left hander who celebrated his birthday in the middle of Australia’s run to victory in the T20 World Cup back in October.

If Warner were to continue, it would mean his career would extend well into 2023, and he could be tempted into a second trip to India. The best teams in the world will compete in the World Cup that year to decide the best team in one day cricket. India are the early favourites with Ladbrokes for the 2023 World Cup, but maybe Warner would love to try and star in the tournament one last time. One of his first accolades came when he helped Australia past India in the semi-finals back in 2015 on the road to the title. Not only that, Warner loved his time in India, in a report from the Hindustan Times he admitted that his second home is still in Hydrabad; maybe that’s another reason why he’s so keen to continue too?

Although media speculation continues, Warner’s performances in particular over the last six months have been fantastic. He says he’s been inspired by one of his most recent opponents and another ‘elder statesman of the game, England’s James Anderson, who’s now 39.

“I think James Anderson sets the benchmark for older guys these days,” Warner said. “We look up to him as we’re getting on in our days. But for me, it’s about performing to the best of my ability and putting runs on the board. In the first two Tests [in the Ashes], I actually looked like a proper batsman, it’s almost like I’ve played my career the other way and had to knuckle down and respect the bowling and the line and lengths that they were bowling and obviously, the hundred eluded me.”

While the speculation continues over his future, there’s no doubt his words just serve to highlight of how much the game means to the former Aussie captain, who has scored over 7500 test runs to date. Although his record in India playing for his country isn’t too impressive, his average stands at just 24, with his highest score being 71. He would no doubt like to improve that record before he finishes playing, and he’s certainly got the character to go with the ability. Warner has always been a player who stands taller in times of adversity, whether it’s on or off the pitch. His attitude and fight have helped him become one of the best of a generation, which has included some of the finest players we’ve ever had seen.

It’s a long time before the Australian selectors choose who will travel to our shores, hoping to break a 17-year wait for a test win in September. But it would be good to for one last time, applaud the man who has given so much to our sport, both in India and around the world.

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