Umpires' classy David Warner gesture emerges after farewell from Test cricket at SCG

Everyone at the SCG was standing ahead of David Warner's final innings.

Guard of honour for David Warner and Warner walks into the pavilion.
The umpires joined the guard of honour for David Warner (pictured right) ahead of his final innings in his 112th Test match for Australia. (Images: @Beastieboy07/Getty Images)

The umpires who joined the guard of honour ahead of David Warner's farewell innings have been praised for their classy act amid an emotional farewell for the opener. Warner walked out onto the Sydney Cricket Ground for the final time as a player on Saturday as Pakistan presented him with a guard of honour in a lovely moment from the visitors.

However, it was pointed out the umpires also joined the guard of honour in a moment not always seen from the officials. Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough stood at the end and joined the guard to show their respect to the 112-Test match veteran in his final innings.

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The umpires' classy gesture was one of many for Warner throughout an emotional day, which also saw the Aussie team show their appreciation in a special moment on the field. After the fans and most of the media had left the stadium, the Aussie cricket team made their way back onto the field.

Video emerged from cricket reporter Bharat Sundaresan of the Aussie team and staff gathering on the field. Warner led the team song one final time as the group huddled around the 212 Test match veteran.

The two images from the umpires to his own team shows the immense respect for Warner within the cricket world. It also shows the massive void left after his final Test match ahead of the series against the West Indies.

Speaking to ABC Radio after the match, Warner admitted he was emotional walking out into the middle of the ground with his long-time friend and fellow opening partner Usman Khawaja. "Walking out, Ussie said some beautiful words to me, and I didn't say anything back. I couldn't, I was tearing up...we're brothers for life," Warner said. And Khawaja wasn't the only one full of praise for his teammate.

David Warner speaks.
David Warner (pictured) was emotional amid his farewell from Test cricket. (Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Pat Cummins praises David Warner's final Test

Cummins admitted Warner went out in style in his final innings, which mirrored his approach to the red-ball game throughout his career. "One thing is the style he plays, and today a run-a-ball 50 on a tricky wicket," Cummins said.

"But also in Test cricket you play in all kinds of conditions. And losing someone who has played 100 Test matches is pretty hard to fill. It was a good reminder of what an experienced and high-class cricketer Davey is."

After the match, Cummins weighed-in on the debate on who would be replacing Warner at the top of the order. And while he didn't put any names forward, he was not keen on shuffling the order. "I'm pretty happy with (Smith)'s output at No.4," Cummins said.

"Obviously Marnus, Smudge (Smith), Trav and Marsh have been pretty impressive at No.3, No.4, No.5 and No.6. So first instinct isn't probably to disrupt that." This opens up room for allrounder Cameron Green to come back into the team as the opener.

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