Aussie legend claims ‘it’s time’ for David Warner to retire from Test cricket after his woeful form continued against South Africa and he has not made a century in three years
David Warner’s Test future has come under renewed scrutiny with former all-rounder Simon O’Donnell calling for the veteran to retire after another dismal performance.
Warner made three in his second innings against South Africa in Brisbane on Sunday after being dismissed for a golden duck for only the second time in his career in his first dig.
While the green cover at the Gabba drew criticism after 34 wickets fell in under six sessions, it extended Warner’s miserable run of form.
David Warner’s woeful run of form continued in Brisbane in the first Test against South Africa
The 36-year-old has scored 105 runs over the first three Tests of the summer at an average of 17.5 and has now gone 27 innings since his last century in January 2020.
And with a four-Test series against India and a tour of England coming up next year, O’Donnell believes “it’s time” for the opener to call time on his Test career.
“I think he would consider and possibly should [retire] at the end of the Sydney Test, he told SEN Breakfast on Monday morning.
“We’re not talking about David Warner in the last few innings, we’re talking about David Warner in the last two years, he hasn’t been the same player he was before then.
Kagiso Rabada removed Warner in both his innings at the Gabba during the first Test
Warner averages 21.64 this year and has not taken a Test year since January 2020
“It indicates to me that if David found form again, it’s not going to last long. We actually have a trial area over a long period of time where things have not met the standard.
“I just think it’s time.”
Warner averages 25.11 since his last Test ton and 21.64 this year, with his last half-century dating back to the third Test against Pakistan in March.
The 36-year-old averages 24.25 in India and 26.04 in England, where Australia have not won a series in under-18s and under-21s respectively.
Former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell (left) has called on Warner to retire from Test cricket, but Ricky Ponting (right) believes the opener should be given another chance
And he is running out of chances to score runs with only the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the New Year’s Day Test in Sydney left on the calendar this summer.
Warner has indicated his desire to continue playing in red-ball cricket until at least the end of next year’s Ashes and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting believes he deserves to bow out on his own terms.
“He’s a champion player – you never write off champion players ever,” Ponting told Channel 7 on Sunday.
“When he’s done, he deserves to serve his term. He has been a wonderful asset to Australian cricket.’
“He deserves the chance to finish the way he wants to finish.”
Warner averages 26.04 in England but made just 84 runs in 10 innings in his last visit in 2019
Warner was dismissed seven times by Stuart Broad during the final Ashes tour in 2019
However, Ponting admitted that Warned could also be dropped in the middle of the tour, either in India or in England.
“I would hate to see him come to an Indian tour or at the start of the Ashes tour and then get the tap on the shoulder,” he said.
– It would be a disappointing way to end his career.
“It could be after the Sydney Test. Let’s wait and see. Also, I hope he gets a few runs between now and then.