Kolkata, November 15 (Language) Opener David Warner will continue to play white-ball cricket for Australia but will not accept a central contract if offered next year.
Warner has already said that the home series against Pakistan in January next year will be his last Test series.
The 37-year-old Warner, who is going to play his third World Cup semi-final against South Africa on Thursday, said he wants to continue playing white-ball cricket till next year’s T20 World Cup in America and West Indies and the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
He cited the examples of former Australian all-rounder Brad Hogg, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik who have played beyond 40.
He told the Australian media here, “Everyone wants to set a realistic target.” My aim is to play the T20 World Cup and after that I will decide whether I will be able to play white ball cricket further or not. I am still fit and am able to play comfortably.
Warner said, “I will not take a central contract.” After playing five T20s or ODIs or three Tests in Australia, the contract gets upgraded and you are tied to it. At this stage of my career, when I have even a slight pain in my back, I don’t want to make any contracts. This leads to many sponsorship related obligations in the long run.