The former Australian captain believes the best time for David Warner to retire was in Melbourne after his double hundred against South Africa in December last year
Australian captain Ricky Ponting, and David Warner should have retired after his double century in his 100th Test match in December 2022. Despite leaving the Australian team due to an injury in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Delhi, Warner had faced a challenging time in his international career. Ponting recently stated in The ICC Review that he believed the best time for Warner to retire was after the Sydney Test match in Australia. Warner had just completed his 100th Test in Melbourne and scored 200 runs in the first innings, making it an opportune time to bow out in front of his home crowd.
David Warner went through a lean patch as he failed to score a century in his last 15 Test matches, including three Test matches in which he failed to score above 20, before scoring a double century in his 100th Test match against South Africa at Melbourne in December. However, Warner’s tour of India was cut short after he suffered an elbow injury in the second Test match at Delhi. Despite this, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting thinks that Warner should have retired after his double century in Melbourne, especially since the best time to retire would have been after playing the Sydney Test in front of his home crowd. Additionally, with Australia qualifying for the World Test Championship final in June, Ponting believes that the team would prefer Warner to play in the final.
The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, David Warner, who has scored 8,158 runs in 103 Test matches for Australia, is likely to be brought back by the Australian selectors for the WTC final to assess his chances of playing in the Ashes.
Ponting believes that the Australian selectors will want to include Warner in the World Test Championship match and will face tough decisions leading up to the Ashes series in England. Despite Warner’s weaker record in the UK, Ponting does not believe it is the end of Warner’s career and thinks that the selectors will bring him back for the WTC final. If Warner performs well in that game, then Ponting thinks he will likely start the Ashes series, and his future will depend on his performance from there.