Australia’s newfound success in T20 internationals has not only made David Warner confident of their chances of lifting the ICC T20 World Cup trophy for the first time later this year, but also convinced him to extend his career in the shortest format.
Warner has for long held that T20 would be the format he gives up first, in order to continue playing the two longer formats. But with two T20 World Cups around the corner – at home later this year and in India in 2021 – and with the kind of form Australia are in, having won their last seven completed games on the trot – Warner isn’t ready to end his career just yet.
"I definitely would be motivated to go to the (2021) World Cup, it's a (short) turnaround," he said in Johannesburg ahead of the T20I series opener against South Africa.
"When you've got such a great group of guys together, and you're enjoying that journey, you don't really want to leave that. At the moment, we're in a great place as a team and I'm just really excited to be a part of it again.
"This year will be my sixth World Cup and I definitely feel like this team we've got has the best chance of winning, particularly at home.”
Warner did, however, admit that he would have to give up one of the three formats at some point. At 33, there is no doubt that the opening batsman is entering the final stage of his career, and Warner has acknowledged the need to slow down.
"If you manage to win on home soil, you obviously want to try and go back-to-back. That'd be an awesome feeling. But I'm 34 this year so if I want to keep playing Test and one-day cricket and get to that next one-day World Cup, something's going to have to give."
"When you've got such a great group of guys together, and you're enjoying that journey, you don't really want to leave that"
Warner also credited Australia’s selectors with finally finding the right balance for their T20I side. That has resulted in players finding the role they are best suited for, something that wasn’t always the case.
"If you look at the past, we've picked six openers," Warner said. "That's not going to work, the game plans just don't work. I remember batting four in India [during the 2016 World T20] – that's not my position. But I was able to put my hand up and say: 'we've got to fit someone else in, we can achieve that’. Now we know our roles, it's all clear, there's definitely no excuses.”
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