'Think about going': David Warner's huge reveal about retirement

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David Warner, pictured here during the third Ashes Test between Australia and England.
David Warner looks on during the third Ashes Test between Australia and England. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

David Warner has opened up about the prospect of retiring from cricket in the near future, revealing the achievements he'd like to tick off his list before calling it quits.

The opening batsman has been one of the few common threads in Australia's decade of Ashes dominance at home, winning 12 of 13 Tests he's played and drawing the other.

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But after helping Australia retain the urn with a comprehensive thrashing of England on Tuesday, Warner has set his sights on more success abroad.

Australia will be gunning for the fourth whitewash in Ashes history in the remaining Tests in Sydney and Hobart, before tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2022.

A tour of India is also scheduled for next summer and expected to be played in early 2023, with Nathan Lyon the only current member of Australia's team to have won a series in Asia - his debut series in Sri Lanka in 2011.

The 2023 Ashes in England is also a chance for the Aussies to break a drought of 22 years in which they haven't been able to win a series in the country, after they only drew the 2019 series 2-2 to retain the urn.

Warner, 35, has long spoken about his desire to keep playing, believing his one-year ban in 2018 has extended his career.

He would join elite company by playing on into next summer and 2023, with Justin Langer, Matt Hayden and Chris Rogers the only Australians to open the batting at Test level beyond their 36th birthday in the past 60 years.

"Winning the Ashes here was obviously a big (goal)," Warner said when asked what he still wanted to achieve in his career.

"We still haven't beaten India in India. That'd be nice to do.

"And obviously, England away, we had a drawn series, but hopefully if I manage to get that chance or opportunity I might think about going."

David Warner, pictured here with wife Candice and their three daughters at the MCG.
David Warner and wife Candice and their three daughters at the MCG. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Australia target qualifying for World Test Championship final

Australia's players enjoyed a rest day in Melbourne on Wednesday and will arrive in Sydney on New Years' Eve with a far busier 2022 ahead.

It will in many ways shape their chances of reaching the 2023 World Test Championship final, which would likely fit between an India series and the Ashes.

Australia have made no secret of targeting qualifying for the final, with Marnus Labuschagne saying before the Melbourne Test that was fuelling their desire for an Ashes whitewash..

There is also a one-day World Cup in late 2023 in India, which both Warner and Aaron Finch have indicated they want to play a role.

Beyond that, Australia are desperate to return to the top of the Test rankings after slipping to fourth following last summer's home series loss to India.

"Last year really hurt losing on home soil," Warner said.

"When we've got our full strength team together, we're quite unstoppable.

"Those (subcontinent) tours (in 2022 and 2023) will really show where we are as a team and our character.

"There's a new World Test Championship we're playing for. Each game has its merit and we're excited."

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