David Warner has revealed the extent of rushing back to Test cricket and how it set him back after taking off after the India series.
Warner returned sooner than expected in the Third Test against India, but was clearly still hampered by the groin tear he suffered during the T20 series.
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The opener struggled to make runs and has since been rested from New South Wales' opening Sheffield Shield matches.
The veteran declared on Wednesday it was his call to rush back for the third and fourth Tests, noting he did what he felt was best for the team.
"It put me back a little bit," Warner said.
"Looking back in hindsight, I probably wouldn't have done that.
"If I'm thinking about myself and the injury, I probably would have said no.
"I've had this time to heal and obviously with South Africa being called off, it gave me a bit more time to get that strength work done."
Warner looking ahead at 2023 World Cup
Warner has been putting his time away from cricket to good use and has been working on rehabilitation.
The veteran opener has signalled he could give up one of the game's three formats to prolong his career and enable him to spend more time at home with his young family.
The ongoing need for quarantine and biosecurity bubbles has made it even more challenging.
Another ODI World Cup would see him turn 37 when the 2023 tournament ends.
But Warner remains determined to push on for what would be his third ODI World Cup, adding he is ready for a tight turnaround between this year's Twenty20 World Cup and a home Ashes series.
"We've got a good opportunity to play that (2023 World Cup) and win in India," Warner said.
"The core team there, with the age group as well, it's probably going to be the last for a few of us.
"Then obviously it's a given you just have to call it time, unless you're going to play until you are 41.
"From a Test cricket point of view, I'd love to play as long as I can."
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