Australian opener David Warner has flagged retiring from T20I following his emotional Allan Border Medal win. The opener capped off a triumphant return to the international structure by receiving Australian cricket’s highest honour on Monday for the third time.
The 33-year-old also took the T20I player of the year, finishing ahead of fellow teammate Glenn Maxwell. But after making his comeback into the Australian side following the ball-tampering fiasco in 2018, Warner is of the opinion that he may make some sacrifices.
Not only to keep his Test career going, but for the sake of his wife and their three kids. During his speech, Warner became emotional when the time came to thank his family.
“I think you look at Twenty20 internationals, we’ve got back-to-back World Cups as well,” Warner told reporters on Monday night.
“That’s probably a format that could be one I drop in a few years.
“It’s going to be very difficult to play all three forms - and good luck to all the guys that want to keep playing — it’s challenging.
“I speak to guys like AB de Villiers, Virender Sehwag, guys who have done that for a long time, it does become challenging.
“Having three young kids and my wife at home all the time, the constant travelling becomes very difficult.”
David Warner came into the scene in 2008 as a T20 ace, with many assuming that he could never succeed in the longest format.
After a self described horrendous Ashes, David Warner hit peak form during Australian summer by amassing runs against Pakistan. In November, Warner knocked his highest Test score with an unbeaten 335.
“I batted a lot of time in the nets. Three or four days leading into the Brisbane Test, I almost batted for three hours every day,” Warner said.