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David Warner keeps door closed on Champions Trophy ‘if selected’

David Warner has once again left the door open to feature in next year’s Champions Trophy despite announcing his retirement 12 months ago.
Warner retired from Test cricket in January when he also announced that last year’s ODI World Cup would be his last 50-over game, but spoke of being available for the Champions Trophy if needed. Last month his international career came to an end when Australia were knocked out of the T20 World Cup.

However, in an Instagram post about his career, Warner also referred to the Champions Trophy to be played in Pakistan next February and March.

“I will continue to play franchise cricket for a while, and I am open to playing [Australia] in the Champions Trophy if he is selected,” he said.

It is a highly unlikely scenario if Warner will not be available for any of Australia’s pre-tournament matches. They will travel to England in September for the ODIs and then face Pakistan in November where Jake Fraser-McGurk, who Warner has endorsed as his successor, will be one of the front runners.

Back in January, Test and ODI captain Pat Cummins expressed hope that Warner would make a one-off comeback in the Champions Trophy.

“I think maybe it’s time to give others a chance [in ODIs], but knowing he’s still going to play cricket,” he said. “So it could be a sort of relief glass in an emergency. But, you know, David will be scoring goals somewhere in the world. So you don’t really know if this is the case [the end].”

“The chapter is closed!! It’s been incredible to play at such a high level for so long,” Warner began in an Instagram post. “Australia was my team. Most of my career was at international level. It was an honor to be able to do this. 100+ games in all formats is the highlight for me.

“I would like to thank everyone who has done this. My wife and my daughters, who have sacrificed so much, thank you for your support. No one will know what we have been through. To all the cricket fans out there, I hope I have expanded and changed cricket, especially tests, in a way where we got points faster than others. We can’t do what we love without the fans, so thank you.

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