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David Warner: Australia opener announces end of ODI and Test career

David Warner has also decided to retire from one-day internationals after his farewell Test match against Pakistan in Sydney this week; Warner scored 22 centuries over 161 one-day internationals after his debut in January 2009

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Australia's David Warner says retiring from one-day and Test cricket allows him to play in other leagues around the world

Australia opener David Warner has called time on his one-day international and Test careers.

The 37-year-old, a key member of the Australia team that won the 50-overs World Cup for the sixth time in India last year, has also decided to retire from the shorter format after his farewell Test match against Pakistan in Sydney, starting on Wednesday.

Warner scored 22 centuries and 6,932 runs at an average of 45.30 over 161 one-day internationals after his debut in January 2009, winning two World Cups in the format.

"I said at the World Cup that I wanted to get through that, but I've decided to also announce my retirement from that format," Warner told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell holds the trophy with teammate David Warner after Australia beat India in the Cricket World Cup final
Image: Warner had helped Australia to win the 50-overs World Cup

"It'll help the one-day team move along a bit, but if they need me, they know where I am."

Australia's victory against India in the final of the World Cup in November last year was the last ODI outing for Warner, who was the team's leading scorer in the tournament.

Among his compatriots, only Ricky Ponting with 30, has more ODI hundreds than Warner's 22.

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A sought-after name in franchise cricket, the aggressive opener remains available for Australia in the game's shortest format and is hopeful of playing the T20 World Cup in June.

"It was a decision that I was very, very comfortable with," he said.

"To win in India, from where we were, was absolutely amazing.

David Warner, Australia (Associated Press)
Image: The 37-year-old scored 22 centuries during his international ODI career

"When we lost two games in a row in India, the bond just got stronger with each other and it's not by fluke or by chance that we were able to get to where we were."

Warner is set to play in the ongoing Big Bash League after the Sydney Test and has sought Cricket Australia's permission to play in a franchise tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Warner, who also has a contract with the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, highlighted the threat Test cricket faces from franchise cricket.

"Fortunately in my development, I didn't have that there, so I didn't have to make that decision of going out and playing in those," he said.

"Today with so many different opportunities and a lot of money at stake for younger guys coming through, it's a tough decision to make."

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