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Warner likely to retire from international cricket for chaotic fixtures


Veteran Australian opener David Warner has hinted his retirement plan as coronavirus restrictions could force him to reconsider his future with the chaotic fixtures. The left handed batsman feels that the forecast of the chaotic schedule leaves him with the tough decision of needing to choose between his career and his family.

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Being locked away from his wife Candice and their three daughters, Indi Rae, Ivy Mae and Isla Rose, for months at a time, the opener admits he has to seriously contemplate his priorities. Meanwhile, international cricket is facing a future where international fixtures can only be staged when players are locked in quarantine and being separated from the public and their loved ones.

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David Warner has pointed about the retirement for the family. He said that he could ultimately elect to give up some of his playing responsibilities if it means being able to spend more time with his young family

“Obviously three daughters and my wife, who I owe a lot to, has been a big part of my playing career,” he said.

“You’ve always got to look out for your family first, and with cricket and these unprecedented times, you’ve got to weigh up these decisions. Look, at the moment, I’ll keep continuing to aim for that.

“Obviously the T20 [World Cup] is not here at home, which would have been ideal to play that and win that here. Now that gets pushed back. I will have to have a rethink about that when it comes to India.

“I’ll see where I am and where the girls are at with school as well. A lot of that is a big part of my decision. It’s not just when the games are being played and how much cricket’s being played. It’s a big family decision for myself. There are times when you go away and miss your family a lot and at the moment with all these biosecurity measures that are in place, we’re going to not be able to have the luxury of our families coming away with us now and it could be for the foreseeable future.

“As the prime minister [Scott Morrison] said, we might not be able to go overseas or visitors won’t be able to come into Australia. They are things that we need to play by year and if and when I do make that decision, it’ll be predominantly a family decision.”

“It’s out of our control at the moment. Whatever happens, if you put something in place now, it’s going to change tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s difficult to process. We’re just going to have to wait and, yeah, you might see the first Boxing Day Test not in Melbourne.”

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