“I Think It’s Time”: Ex-Australia Star on David Warner’s Test Retirement



Former Australian cricketer Simon O’Donnell is not in favor of opener David Warner being given a farewell Test, saying no one should have the right to choose the venue and date of their choosing. Warner, 37, had indicated earlier this year that he would like to end his Test career at his home ground in Sydney against Pakistan in January next year. The all-format player will continue to play white-ball cricket but plans to call it a day in the longest format with the three-Test series against Pakistan beginning on December 14 and concluding with the third Test in Sydney in January.

“I don’t like farewell tours. I didn’t like it back in Steve Waugh’s Day or Mark Taylor’s Day. I think you’re invited to play for Australia and it’s an honor to do it,” O’Donnell said on Sen. Radio on Friday.

“I don’t think anyone has the right to say, ‘I’m quitting on June 30 this year’.”

Asked whether it was right to pick the left-handed batter for the Test series based on his form under the Ashes rubber earlier this year or his performances in the white-ball format, O’Donnell said there should be a discussion on the issue.

“There would be real debate about that. Like Cameron Bancroft, I’m not sure how much more he has to do.”

“He just keeps peeling hundreds off and if it’s not 100 it’s 60. If he has a bad innings he makes another 100, you know, he’s just been in brilliant form the last 18 months, ” said O’Donnell, who played six Tests and 87 ODIs for Australia.

Bancroft, along with then-skipper Steve Smith and Warner, was banned for a year for his involvement in the ‘sandpaper gate’ scandal during Australia’s third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in 2018.

O’Donnell questioned the selectors as to how long Bancroft will have to wait for his turn to play Tests after the 2018 episode.

“Do you make him wait another summer? Because that’s what he’s going to have to do if that plan (to play Warner) goes through.

“I think the game is always bigger than the individual. There’s a lot to address. But the first thing Australia have to do is win their Test match. If David Warner is at his best at number one at the top of the order , so be it,” he added.

O’Donnell feels it’s time for Warner to call it a day in Tests.

“I do that in the white ball (format), no problem at all. But with the red ball I think it’s time. But we’re in this corner, we’re coming right off a World Cup and it’s muddying the waters.

“Everyone will say, ‘Oh yeah, what about his WC?’ So it buys some more time (for Warner), I think.”

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