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David Warner’s Retirement: A Reflective Journey Through His Illustrious Test and ODI Career

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The dynamite opener from Australia, David Warner ended his test career against Pakistan by helping with his stunning half century to clinch the series in the iconic stadium of Sydney. The dynamic opener hinted his farewell from the ultimate format of the game during the ashes.

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In between the series against Pakistan, David Warner also announced his sudden retirement from the ODI format as well. Here in this article, we have all the highlights of the Southpaw’s test and ODI career for you.

ODI Career of David Warner

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David Warner made his debut at One Day International on January 18, 2009, against South Africa. In the early stages of his career, he remained short of justifying his potential at the highest level in his first year in ODI cricket, as he only managed to score 106 runs with an average of 15.1 alongside only one half century.

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The same thing repeated itself in the next few years, and questions were raised about his selection because he was selected without any experience at the first-class level. Warne’s breakout season came in 2012, where he displayed some promise and accumulated over 800 runs with two centuries.

In the next few years, his performance again looked like that of an ordinary player. His career started to fly during the 2015 ICC World Cup, where he registered his highest score of 178 against Afghanistan. After that season, he never looked back and established himself as the best batter in ODI format.

In the upcoming years, his average never went down to 50; throughout the years, he continued to win matches for his team. In his overall career, he has scored 6932 runs in 161 matches at an average of 45.30, alongside 22 tons and 33 half centuries.

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When it comes to World Cups, David Warner has been one of the most prominent players for Australia and has played a pivotal role in the success of the team.

He becomes more dangerous at the graduate stage. In the 2023 ICC World Cup, he was listed as the highest run-getter of the tournament, whereas in the 2019 edition, he fell just 2 runs short of Rohit Sharma’s 648-run mark.

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Test Career of David Warner

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Unlike his ODI career, the left-hander got early success in his test area, making his debut in 2011 against New Zealand. In the same year, he bagged his first century in test cricket and ended the year with a healthy average of 48.8. The dynamic opener continued to make a mark on the international arena as a test cricketer.

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His career went on fire in 2014, when he scored 1136 runs, averaging over 63, with six test centuries. After that season, he was one of the best white-ball players on the Australian side. Throughout the year, the star player helped Australia win matches with his quick-fire batting.

He bagged the record for the second highest individual score (335*) for Australia in test cricket; he achieved this feat against Pakistan in 2019. He also joined the elite list of players to appear in 100 test matches for Australia. As the time passed, his test form started to waver as he could not emulate the same form.

In the last three years, he has been averaging just 32, which was pretty ordinary for a player like David Warner. Eventually, considering his dipping test form, he decided to retire from the test format.

David Warner’s overall test career still resembles the brilliance of the champion player; in 112 test matches, he has accumulated 8786 runs, 26 test tons, and 37 fifties.

Ball tampering Saga in 2018

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All the things were going right in his career, but his never-give-up attitude looped him into the darkest phase of his career when he was involved in the ball-tampering saga during a test match against South Africa in 2018 alongside his teammate Steve Smith.

He was caught trying to reverse the ball in illegal ways. Cricket Australia decided to ban the opener for one year from any international matches. The player who was the match winner for their team suddenly stepped down as the vice-captain of the team, but he continued to work hard on his game and displayed his brilliance in global T20 leagues.

He made a strong comeback in the IPL, where he became the top run scorer in the league, and also won respect in the WC 2019, where he scored over 600 runs in a single edition.

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The Mental Toughness of David Warner Throughout His Career

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Controversies have surrounded the left-hander throughout his career, with his aggressive approach on and off the field gaining significant attention. He never let that aspect affect his game, which shows how mentally tough he is. After that ball tampering, during the ashes of 2019, he was making his comeback into the test side.

The English crowd was constantly calling him a cheater, but David Warner never let those things let him down, and he made an even stronger comeback in test cricket and scored a triple century against Australia in the same year.

Achievements Throughout His Career

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  • Most ODI hundred for Australia in calendar year (7)
  • 3 times Allan Border Medal (2016, 2017, 2020)
  • Bradman Young Player of the Year (2012)
  • ICC T20 World Cup Player of the Tournament (2021)
  • Australian Test Player of the Year (2016)
  • Australian ODI player of the year (2017, 2018)


David Warner has been one of the all-time greats in the game because of the impact he has had on the world with his aggressive and consistent batting over the past decade. He has played a crucial role in Australia’s success in winning ICC trophies. In the WC 2023, where the men in yellow lifted the trophy for the sixth time.

He was the foundation because he was the leading run-getter for the team. The Southpaw, David Warner has announced his retirement for the longer forms of the game, but his legacy will always be remembered.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and why did David Warner retire from Test cricket?

In January 2024, David Warner announced his retirement from Test cricket, concluding his illustrious career with a farewell match at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Pakistan. Citing a desire to prioritize his family and concentrate on the shorter formats of the game, David Warner announced his retirement from Test cricket.

What is David Warner’s highest score in Test cricket?

The highest score of David Warner in Test Cricket is 335*, which he scored against Pakistan in November 2019.

When did David Warner make his debut in international cricket?

David Warner made his international debut (in T20I) against South Africa on January 11, 2009.

How many centuries has David Warner scored in his ODI career?

David Warner has scored 22 centuries in his ODI career.

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