Updated January 6th, 2024 at 15:14 IST
‘Not everyone’s cup..’: Emotional farewell looms as Warner reveals candid insights into public image
David Warner opens up about his cricket journey, expressing regret for past actions ahead of his final Test appearance for Australia.
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At the lunch break on Day 4 of the third Test match between Pakistan and Australia, the game hangs in the balance. Pakistan set a target of 130 runs for Australia after scoring 313 in the first innings and limiting Australia to 299in their first innings. PAK’s 2nd innings was not impressive as they made 115 runs only. At the end of the session, Australia is 91/1, needing 39 runs to win in their second innings. David Warner is leading the charge with an unbeaten 52 in his final Test match for his country, while Marnus Labuschagne is at 34*. Despite the challenging target, the live win probability heavily favours Australia as they already have 2-0 series lead on the struggling Pakistan. The stage is set for an exciting continuation of play in this crucial Test match.
3 things you need to know
- Australia need 39 runs to win at lunch
- Australia was 91/1 at lunch with David Warner and Labuschagne on the crease
- David Warner is set to retire after from Test cricket after the following Test
David Warner made a huge statement ahead of his final innings of Test cricket
Australian cricketer David Warner, who is ready to retire, has reflected on his 12-year Test career and the image he has constructed over that time. He frankly said that he wished he had used more control in his statements on the pitch.
Warner made a lone entry on Day 4 at the SCG, where he is poised to play his farewell Test match against Pakistan. He had a storybook finale to the day when he hit a half-century before the lunch break, helping to Australia's pursuit of 39 runs for victory.
The SCG decorated the pitch with a 'Thanks Dave' memorial, honouring Warner's major contribution to Australian Test cricket with his famous number 426.
Prior to the start of play, David Warner spoke with Mark Howard of Fox Cricket. The departed cricketer was asked about his experience playing his final Test in front of a home crowd. According to Fox Sports, Warner said:
“It’s amazing. I did say six months ago that this would be ideal,”
Over the years, I haven’t been everyone’s cup of tea but for me, I’ve played the game as hard as I can and trying to do my best for the team.
“Hopefully I’ve regained that trust and belief from everyone.”
David Warner on his dark days of cricket
David Warner maintained his typical candour in the open interview with Mark Howard, emphasising his fundamental goal to serve Australia with “pride and passion.”
While providing an update on the Harper situation, Warner expressed sorrow for the times in his career when he allowed his aggressiveness get the best of him. He admitted that there were times when he could have conducted himself better.
Notably, Warner was at the centre of the 2018 ball-tampering incident, which resulted in a one-year ban from first-class cricket. He also had an off-field spat with South African star Quinton de Kock after charges of personal sledging. He added:
“I think a lot of people don’t get to see or meet or know the person. From when I first started, I was that chirpy little fella that was out there,” Warner said.
“That was my role in the team. my role in the team was to go out there and get under the batter’s skin and the opposition’s skin and yeah, it did boost me a little bit because they came at me when I batted.
“But they saw it early days. and I think your first impression, you don’t get a second chance at that and you know, I’ve tried to rebuild that trust and faith.”
Published January 6th, 2024 at 08:09 IST