Last Update: June 03, 2023, 20:42 IST
David Warner said that he wants the World Test Championship (WTC) final to be a three-match series instead of a one-off match to decide the winner. For 2021-23, Australia will face India at the Oval in London from June 7.
“I think he’s fine. I’ve been critical – I won’t say critical – but I think it should be at least a three-match series with just Test cricket. You play good cricket for two years, then you Play against the opposition at a neutral venue. We all have played here before but [this game is] not against [host] nation,” Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“It’s a great reward for two of the best teams. Two world-class bowling attacks with the Dukes ball on foreign soil. It’s great and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve played some great cricket in the last 18-24 months. We know What India will bring to the table. It’s a great neutral venue, two world class bowling attacks with Duke Ball and from a batsman’s point of view, I can’t wait to get out there.”
Warner had also expressed his desire to end his red-ball career with the swansong Test against Pakistan at his home ground at the SCG in January.
Ahead of Australia’s practice session here, Warner said he expected the Sydney Test against Pakistan to be his last. However, given his recent struggles in the longest format of the game, the southpaw is not guaranteed a spot in the Australian Test squad and he is well aware of it.
“You have to score runs. I have always said that the (2024) T20 World Cup will probably be my last match.
“I probably owe it to myself and my family – if I can get runs here and continue playing back in Australia – I can say with certainty that I won’t be playing the West Indies series.
“If I can get through this (the WTC final and the upcoming Ashes campaign) and make the Pakistan series, I will definitely finish it,” he added.
Warner said, ‘For me, I always played every match as if it was my last match.
“It’s my style of cricket. I enjoy being around boys, I enjoy being part of a team, trying to be that ball of energy in the group. I just want to keep working hard to get there,” Warner said.
(with inputs from agencies)