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Cricket: Australian batter David Warner announces his retirement from ODIs

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Australian batter David Warner has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs). The 2 time ODI World Cup Winner had previously announced that he would be ending his Test career after Australia’s upcoming Test against Pakistan in Sydney.

However, the opener has said that he will keep himself available for selection in the Champions Trophy in 2025.
Warner is Australia’s sixth-highest run scorer in the ODI format and is only second to former captain Ricky Ponting’s tally for most Centuries for Australia in ODIs.

David Warner has confirmed that he will retire from the ODIs alongside the Test format, which he will give up at the end of the forthcoming New Year’s Test against Pakistan in Sydney. The 37-year-old, who recently won a second 50-over World Cup, has, however, kept open the possibility of playing the 2025 Champions Trophy – form and fitness permitting.

“I’m definitely retiring from one-day cricket as well,” Warner at the SCG on Monday (January 1). “That was something that I had said through the World Cup, get through that, and winning it in India, I think that’s a massive achievement.

“So I’ll make that decision today, to retire from those forms, which does allow me to go and play some other leagues around the world and sort of get the one-day team moving forward a little bit. I know there’s a Champions Trophy coming up. If I’m playing decent cricket in two years’ time and I’m around and they need someone, I’m going to be available.”

The decision, conveyed two days out from the SCG Test, means that Warner ends a decorated career as Australia’s sixth-highest run getter in ODIs. He finishes with 6932 runs from 161 matches at an average of 45.30 scored at a strike-rate of 97.26. His 22 hundreds in the format are behind only Ricky Ponting’s tally of 29 in the list of Australia’s most prolific scorers.

“It was a decision that I was very, very comfortable with,” he said. “To win in India, from where we were, was absolutely amazing.

“When we lost two games in a row in India, the bond just got stronger with each other and it’s not by fluke or by chance that we were able to get to where we were. The heroics of Maxi [Glenn Maxwell], the captaincy and the skills and execution of the way that we played against India was phenomenal, and not to dismiss the Kolkata semi-final as well.”

Warner will remain an active international cricketer in the shortest format and is one game away from registering 100 appearances in all three formats of the game. He also hopes to ply his trade on the franchise T20 circuit and is expected to turn out next at the ILT20 with the Dubai Capitals.

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