David Warner's baggy green stolen in brutal development before final Test match

The retiring Australian opener has revealed his baggy green caps were stolen while being transported from Melbourne to Sydney.

Pictured left David Warner and Steve Smith and right David Warner's baggy green
David Warner has revealed his baggy green caps were stolen while being transported from Melbourne to Sydney. Image: Getty

Just 24 hours before David Warner bids farewell to Test cricket he has taken to social media to desperately plead for the public's help to locate his missing baggy green caps. The Aussie opener says his beloved caps were taken along with his luggage as they were transported from Melbourne to Sydney ahead of the Sydney Test.

The baggy greens were inside his backpack that was placed inside a bigger Australian cricket bag and flown to Sydney after Australia secured the Benaud Qadir Trophy during the Boxing Day Test. The 37-year-old opener will play his 112th and final Test match this week in Sydney in the third Test against Pakistan.

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In a heartfelt video message to Instagram, Warner said he is desperate to get them back so he can walk out onto the SCG pitch in his final red-ball match for Australia wearing his baggy green with pride. "Unfortunately someone has taken my backpack out of my actual luggage which had my backpack and my girl's presents in there. Inside this backpack was my baggy greens," Warner said in a message to Instagram.

"It's sentimental to me and is something that I would love to have back in my hands walking out there come this week. If it is the backpack you really wanted I have a spare one here. You won't get into trouble. Please reach out to Cricket Australia or myself via my social media and I am happy to give this (the backpack) to you if you return my baggy green."

He wrote in the caption: "This is my last resort, but my backpack, which contained my baggy green, has been taken from my luggage, which was transported to Melbourne airport and flown on Qantas to Sydney a few days ago. Qantas have said they checked their cameras and have not seen anyone open our bags and take the backpack, however they do have blind spots. If you are the person, who was either working for the company driving it to and from the airport or working for Qantas and have, by chance, just wanted the backpack, I have one for [you]. I would be grateful if this [was] returned asap. Thanks."

Warner had previously lost his baggy green ahead of a Test tour of Bangladesh in 2017, but it was later found in a bag at his home by his wife Candice. For the first Test in Dhaka, Warner was issued a replacement hat and went on to score his maiden Test century in Asia.

Ahead of the SCG 'Pink' Test, Warner was part of a promotion for the Jane McGrath Foundation, donning the pink cap for a photography shoot on Monday. He was also spotted wearing a baggy green that looked very new and ill-fitting. Fans have expressed their sadness for the Aussie Test great, stunned that someone could do such a thing.

David Warner retires from ODI cricket

With his family in attendance at a press conference on Monday, Warner announced he would retire from one-day international (ODI) cricket for Australia as well from Tests. He said his decision would create opportunities to play more franchise cricket overseas.

"I'm definitely retiring from one-day cricket as well," he said. "It's something I had said through the World Cup, get through that, and winning it in India is a massive achievement.

Australia's David Warner looks on before a team photo ahead of the third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 1, 2024. (Photo by Izhar KHAN / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo by IZHAR KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
David Warner was part of a promotion for the Jane McGrath Foundation, donning the pink cap for a photography shoot on Monday. Image: Getty (IZHAR KHAN via Getty Images)

"I make that decision today to retire from those forms, which does allow me time to go and play some other leagues around the world and sort of get the one-day team moving forward a bit. I know the Champions Trophy is coming up... if I'm playing decent cricket in two years' time and if they need someone, I'll be available."

Pat Cummins reveals Australian side will remain unchanged for third Test

Pat Cummins has confirmed Australia will remain unchanged for the SCG clash with Pakistan. The Aussie captain on Tuesday said Australia would stick with the same side for a third straight Test despite talks of the Aussie quicks being rotated due to their stacked summer schedule.

At the conclusion of the Pakistan series, the Aussies will have a nine-day break before the first Test against the West Indies in Adelaide. A Gabba Test then follows shortly after.

Two further Tests are also scheduled in New Zealand in February and March allowing for Cummins and fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to have some time off before they head across the Tasman.

"It'd be rare (if we could do that)," Cummins said. "Normally each summer there's something that pops up. But all three of us are really fresh.

"Even the way this summer is spread out a bit more, there's two Tests on, then a bit of a gap; then two Tests, then a bit of a gap; then New Zealand. We'll give it a chance. It's all gone pretty smoothly so far."

- with AAP

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