David Warner, the captain of Australia, has hinted that he would retire from Test cricket in the next 12 months.
Warner is likely to move on from the longer format within next year and focus on the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India. He also has his current focus on the T20 World Cup in 2024, with Cricket Australia expected to name him skipper in the limited-overs format. Warner's choice is not entirely unexpected given Australia's busy red-ball schedule for the next season.
"Test cricket will probably be the first one to fall off," Warner said on Triple M's Deadset Legends. "Because that's how it will pan out. The T20 World Cup is in 2024, (one-day) World Cup next year. Potentially it could be my last 12 months in Test cricket."
"...I love the white-ball game; it's amazing," he said. "T20 cricket - I love the game. I will be looking to get to 2024," he added.
There have been suggestions for the inclusion of new players following Australia's home league phase elimination from the T20 World Cup. With the next World Cup in this style only set for 2024, Warner, at the age of 36, may find it challenging to maintain his position.
Warner, however, asserts that he won't leave the T20 format. "For all those people saying I am past it and a lot of those old people are past it, look out. Be careful what you wish for."