David Warner’s goal: triumph in India
The left-hander would be 37 on Ashes’s next trip to England, but age is just a number for him
Posted on 12/30/21, 2:27 AM
An Ashes Series victory in England in 2023 and losing India in their own backyard are the two big steps Australian opener David Warner is considering before stopping him from Test Cricket.
After retaining the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead in 12 days, Warner, who turned 35 in October at the T20 World Cup, where he won the player of the tournament title in the Australian title triumph , admitted that there were still a few goals he would like to achieve before leaving the game’s longest format.
“We still haven’t beaten India in India. It would be nice to do that. And obviously, outside of England, we had a series drawn (in 2019), but I hope if I manage to have this chance and this opportunity, I might think of going back ”, said Warner, quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Warner played 13 and eight tests in three series in England and two in India, respectively. But it has a poor record in both countries, averaging 26 and 24, respectively, without a century.
Warner would be 37 on Ashes’ next trip to England, but for the age of the left-handed opener, that’s just a number. “I think James Anderson sets the benchmark for older guys these days,” he said. “We admire him as we move forward in our days. But for me, it’s about giving the best of myself.
“I feel good in contact. Like I said, I was out of points, out of shape, so hopefully I can put more numbers on the board.
Warner has made it clear that Australia are not happy just securing the Ashes at home. The team are already looking forward to the next tours to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which will be vital in their quest to reach the next World Championship final, an opportunity they missed earlier this year following the defeat of the last summer against India at home.
“These (visits) will really show where we are as a team and our character,” Warner said. “When you go to the subcontinent, you can potentially play two spinners. And then the coaches look at which batting teams they think will likely be better at the wickets on the subcontinent and who aren’t. There are going to be courageous decisions that will be taken. “