David Warner hasn’t but felt these nagging ideas gamers near the tip get, the sensation that it’s time and says he “doesn’t really feel 36”.
So the star Australian opener was fast to close down any speak of an SCG swan tune within the third check in Sydney adamant he’s acquired excursions to India and England on his radar, with the selector’s urgings pushing him on.
Warner blasted what he thought of a near-career greatest innings as he pounded 200 in opposition to South Africa on the MCG, in his one hundredth check, an effort boosted on his private checklist due to the circumstances through which it was made.
Not simply the furnace like 38C warmth, but in addition the pre-game turmoil round his management ban and the aborted problem to have it lifted, plus his lack of batting output in 2022, whereas additionally having not rating a check hundred in over 1000 days.
However Warner was adamant he was by no means off form, simply “out of runs” and his innings backed up his perception he has extra to offer in 2023 as Australia goes to India in February earlier than an Ashes collection in the course of the yr.
“Yeah, 100 per cent, positively,” Warner mentioned when requested post-match about his plans to maintain taking part in past the Sydney check.
“I don‘t really feel 36. I’m working sooner than a whole lot of these children in right here. So after they catch as much as me that I’d take into consideration pulling the pin.
“However look, I feel the additional motivation for me is successful in India, and utterly successful a collection in England. I’ve been advised by the coach and the selectors they’d like me to be there.”
Warner conceded there have been “doubts” earlier than the South Africa collection started about not simply his future however his potential to attain, his thoughts additionally clouded by off discipline points.
However unburdened by them now, his management problem “parked” completely, Warner is adamant he’s not feeling any pull in direction of retirement, with issues nonetheless to attain, together with addressing his private horror Ashes in England in 2019.
“Clearly, there was a whole lot of stuff earlier than this collection happening via my thoughts and was there doubts right here. ? In fact,” he mentioned.
“However for me, it was about simply going on the market and figuring out that I’ve nonetheless acquired that starvation and dedication as a result of each time I rock up a coaching, I’ve acquired it.
“And folks maintain telling me you’ll know when it’s time and I haven’t actually felt that in any respect but, so I’m nonetheless having fun with it. I nonetheless know what vitality I can carry to the workforce.
“I feel as soon as I begin dropping that spark and vitality round coaching, and you realize taking the mickey out of individuals, taking part in some jokes right here and there and pranks. I feel that’s after I most likely comprehend it’s time.”
Warner rated his 200, simply the third time in 100 assessments he’s reached the mark, as “one in all my greatest innings for positive”.
“You’ve performed 100 video games and you realize, folks speaking about retirement and you realize, may very well be my final innings and what not,” he mentioned.
“You may most likely say it’s I’d say the way in which that I went about it, you realize, with that strain behind me, I feel it must be positively one in all my greatest innings for positive.”