Australian cricket veteran David Warner has announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket in the lead up to his final test match.
The 37-year-old previously announced his retirement from test cricket ahead of an ongoing series with Pakistan.
On Monday, Warner said his decision to also retire from ODI cricket was one he was “very, very comfortable with”.
He played a pivotal role in helping Australia win the Cricket World Cup against India last year.
Warner, who was the tournament’s leading run scorer, said he felt the time was right after an “absolutely amazing” World Cup win. He also said retiring would create opportunities for new players and allow him greater freedom to play franchise cricket overseas – Warner has been a part of the Indian Premier League for 14 seasons, where he has a massive following.
But he did not rule out playing in the 2025 Champions Trophy if called upon.
Warner will play his 112th and final test in his home city of Sydney on Wednesday.
He has played 161 ODI matches in which he has scored a total of 6,932 runs, making him the sixth-highest run scorer in Australian ODI history.
However, his career has not been without controversy. In 2018, Warner – who was then Australia vice captain – was banned from playing all forms of international cricket for a year over his involvement in the sandpapergate ball-tampering scandal. He has also been permanently banned from holding a leadership position in Australian cricket teams.
Cricket Australia – the sport’s governing body in the country – said Warner had devised a plan to artificially alter the state of the ball with sandpaper during a match with South Africa, and then instructed a junior player to carry it out. On Monday, he told Australian media that he had no regrets over his actions.
This, along with other incidents such as an altercation in a bar with England cricketer Joe Root, have made him a divisive figure on the cricketing stage.
He is unpopular among many England cricket fans, while fans in Australia have also expressed their disappointment over the ball tampering issue. Most recently, former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson questioned why Warner should get a “hero’s send-off” in his last test series. BBC