Veteran Australia opener David Warner will not hang up his boots anytime soon from Tests, confirmed his agent James Erskine and also dismissed the rumours that suggested that the opener might retire from the longest format of the game. However, Warner averaged 20.61 in 2022 in Tests, which is below his career average of 45.
He has scored only 2 fifties and scored 371 runs over 19 innings as well. He was out for a duck in the first innings against South Africa earlier this month and managed just 3 runs in the second innings as 34 wickets fell inside 2 days where Australia registered a 6-wicket win. Meanwhile, he has had scores of 3, 0, 5, 48, 21 and 28 in the ongoing season at home as well.
“No, it won’t be his last Test, I don’t think. It’s news to me if that’s the case,” Erskine said, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, questions have been asked about his place on the Test side. But James said that the left-handed opener is targeting the tour of India next year and the Ashes as well. However, Warner has not faced much success in India, scoring 388 runs in 8 matches which came at an average of 24. He will be tested by India’s spinners in the 4-match Test series in India as well.
“I personally think there are runs around the corner for him” – James Erskine on David Warner
“I personally think there are runs around the corner for him. We’ll just see what happens. The big thing from Davey’s (Warner) point of view is that he has three young children. If your basic situation is you have got to be away for nine months, or eight months of the year, it is brutal. That will be the decision, I think, depending on how he ends up. He has lots of other interests other than cricket – but there has been no talk about that (retirement),” added James Erskine.
Meanwhile. James Warner’s manager backed him to bounce back strongly in Melbourne, saying that he is a tough nut who has seen ups and downs so far in his long career.
“He has had a couple of brutal balls (from Rabada). At the end of the day, everyone goes through these quiet spells. You have got to take his career across the board. If you talk to all the great players out there, they say he is a great player. We’ll just have to see if he bounces back in Melbourne. He is a pretty tough nut, old David. I don’t think that (run drought) necessarily worries him,” James Erskine concluded.