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Australia veteran vows to play on to 2024, but hints at Test retirement

Australia may be able to call upon the services of a star batter for another two years in white-ball cricket.
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Opening batter David Warner has this week expressed his desire to play on until the 2024 T20 World Cup.

The left-hander was part of an Australia squad who failed to defend their world title on home soil in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, finishing third in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage.

But Warner, who would be 37 by the time the 2024 tournament begins, has no intention of hanging up his bat just yet.

"T20 cricket – I love the game. I will be looking to get to 2024," Warner said in an interview with Triple M’s Deadset Legends show. 

"For all those people saying I am past it and a lot of those old people are past it, look out. Be careful what you wish for."

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Australia opener David Warner became the first Ireland wicket during their ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 clash.

Warner's future in Test cricket is less clear, with the opener suggesting he is approaching the end of his career in the longer format.

"Test cricket will probably be the first one to fall off, that's how it will pan out.

"The T20 World Cup is in 2024 and the (ODI) World Cup is next year.

"Potentially it could be my last 12 months in Test cricket. But I love the white-ball game; it's amazing."

Australia face West Indies and South Africa in their upcoming home summer, before heading to England for an away Ashes in June and July 2023.

Conversations over Warner's future won't be the only retirement discussion surrounding Australia in the coming months.

The tournament hosts had one of the oldest squads at the recent T20 World Cup, with eleven of the squad in their 30s, and six aged 33 or over – Warner and Aaron Finch being 35, Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell 34, and Marcus Stoinis and Steve Smith aged 33.

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