While it was widely anticipated that the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 would mark David Warner’s farewell, his former teammate Michael Hussey believes the southpaw still has a lot to contribute in the format.
Earlier this year, David Warner announced that he would retire from Tests after the Sydney Test against Pakistan in January next year. During the course of the World Cup, the Australia opener also confirmed that he would not take a central contract from Cricket Australia in the upcoming season, making many believe that he would bring down curtains on his ODI career after the tournament.
However, David Warner, on Tuesday (November 21), made it clear that he is still not done with the ODIs. Responding to a social media post stating he had finished a “glorious” ODI World Cup career with 1527 runs, he wrote: “Who said I’m finished?”
Who said I’m finished?? https://t.co/1WMACz33RL
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) November 20, 2023
Michael Hussey on David Warner’s ODI future:
With David Warner in no mood to give up on white-ball cricket as of now, Michael Hussey has backed his former teammate. While the opener would be 41-year-old when the next ODI World Cup takes place, Michael Hussey is not ruling out the possibility of seeing the left-handed batsman play.
“I wouldn’t write him off,” Hussey told foxsports.com.au.
“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,” he added.
David Warner enjoyed a prolific campaign in the World Cup and was Australia’s leading run-scorer. In 11 games, he scored 535 runs with the help of two centuries and as many half-centuries. The veteran also received praise from all around for his impressive fielding displays in the competition, especially in the final.
Speaking further, Michael Hussey said: “It’s almost like he wants people to write him off, just to prove them wrong. It seems like that is the sort of character he’s got inside him. So if we want him to continue on, maybe we should say he is finished and we need to look at the next generation, and that will push him to go on.”
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