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Will David Warner & Steve Smith retire after the Ashes?

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Cricket News: Will David Warner & Steve Smith retire after the Ashes? | David Warner speaks after rumours of retirement

David Warner has dismissed rumours of retiring after the final Test of the 2023 Ashes that starts at The Oval on July 27. Prior to the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Warner had unveiled plans of hanging up his boots from the longest format after the Sydney Test against Pakistan in January 2024.

However, former England skipper Michael Vaughan recently told Fox Sports that he had heard murmurs of the southpaw calling it a day from Tests right after the coming Ashes Test. The batsman has warded off such suggestions in a recent media interaction.

“No, not at all. I haven’t seen anything…I don’t have an announcement. For me it’s about trying to work hard in the nets as I did today and if selected, go out there and play and try and win an Ashes series,” Warner said prior to the fifth Test match.

He added, “I came here last time and it was a draw. Hopefully, we can go away with a series win and then that’ll be a fitting Ashes campaign for us and a fitting tour over here in England with the World Test Championship as well.”

Michael Vaughan said he heard whispers not only David Warner could retire, but Steve Smith also

Vaughan also raised the possibility of Australian vice-captain Steve Smith retiring from the game after this series. Warner brushed that aside.

“Obviously it’s a joke,” Warner said. “I won’t take that too seriously.

Warner has hit 201 runs in four Tests in Ashes 2023 at an average of 25.13. He hasn’t looked in good touch for most parts but doesn’t look completely out of sorts on occasions either.

However, it is arguably apparent that his best days in Test cricket are behind him. After the farewell from red-ball cricket in Sydney, Warner plans to close out his international career with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that will be held in the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA) in mid-2024.

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