David Warner may not get his dream farewell from international cricket, but is willing to risk that for the chance to keep representing Australia. Warner's wife and media personality Candice has revealed her husband's love for the game is still so fierce the couple has not put a use-by date on his career.
The 36-year-old could have bowed out before his home crowd in the New Year's Test against South Africa in January, but batted on in India before injury curtailed his tour. He is now desperate to go on his last Ashes tour to England and right the wrongs of previous campaigns.
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"David still has a burning desire to open the batting for Australia. There's still a lot of things that he wants to achieve that he hasn't achieved," Candice Warner told Yahoo Sport Australia.
"And clearly one of those would be to perform at the best he possibly can in England against the Dukes ball. Whether the selectors and the coach allows him that, I don't know. But I do know he still has that desire and that hunger to continue.
"He'd love to go out on his terms but you're not always afforded that opportunity and David fully realises that. He could have easily retired after the Sydney Test this year, but that's not what he wants. He still wanted to contribute to the team in India and still be there at the Ashes and then we'll just see."
David Warner not ready to retire from cricket just yet
Cricket is still such a big part of Warner's life and his future plans that the family hasn’t a set plan for life after the game. "Even if he was to retire from playing international cricket for Australia, you'll see David playing cricket for a few more years to come," Candice predicted.
"There are so many (T20 franchises) around the world, whether it be the IPL, the Dubai League, the BBL, America, South Africa, Pakistan. There's also his role with Fox Sports which he's excited about and wants to develop. We'll just have to wait and see but at this stage he's fully committed to playing cricket for Australia."
Warner missed Australia's first two matches of the ODI series against India through injury. but could return for Wednesday's decider in Chennai. The teams are locked 1-1 after Australia's crushing win in game two on Sunday.
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