David Warner has opened up about the prospect of retiring from cricket in the near future and reveals the performances he would like to tick off on his list before stopping.
The introductory striker has been one of the few red threads in Australia’s decade of Ashes dominance at home, winning 12 out of 13 Tests he has played and pulling the other.
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But after helps Australia keep the urn with an extensive beating of England on Tuesday, Warner has focused on more success abroad.
Australia will fight for the fourth money laundering in Ashe’s history in the remaining tests in Sydney and Hobart, before touring in Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2022.
A tour of India is also planned for next summer and is expected to be played in early 2023, with Nathan Lyon as the only current member of Australia’s team to have won a series in Asia – his debut series in Sri Lanka in 2011.
2023 Ashes in England is also a chance for the Aussies to break a 22-year drought in which they have not been able to win a series in the country after only pulling the 2019 series 2-2 to keep the urn.
Warner, 35, has long talked about his desire to keep playing, who believes his one-year quarantine in 2018 has extended his career.
He would join the elite team by playing on until next summer and 2023, with Justin Langer, Matt Hayden and Chris Rogers as the only Australians to open batting at the test level after their 36th birthday in the last 60 years.
“Winning the ashes here was clearly a big (goal),” Warner said when asked what he still wanted to achieve in his career.
“We still have not beaten India in India. That would be nice to do.
“And of course, England out, we had a draw series, but hopefully if I manage to get that chance or opportunity, I might consider going.”
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Australia’s players enjoyed a day of rest in Melbourne on Wednesday and arrive in Sydney on New Year’s Eve with a far busier 2022 ahead.
It will in many ways shape their chances of reaching the World Cup final in 2023, which would likely fit between an India series and the Ashes.
Australia have made no secret of their intention to qualify for the final, and Marnus Labuschagne said before the Melbourne test that it fueled their desire for a whitewash of ashes.
There is also a one-day World Cup at the end of 2023 in India, which both Warner and Aaron Finch have indicated they want to play a role.
Beyond that, Australia are desperate to return to the top of the test rankings after falling to fourth place after last summer’s home series loss to India.
“Last year it really hurt to lose at home,” Warner said.
“Once we have assembled our full force, we are quite unstoppable.
“These (subcontinent) trips (in 2022 and 2023) will really show where we are as a team and our character.
“There’s a new World Test Championship we’re playing about. Every game has its value and we’re excited.”
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