Candice Warner reveals what she really thinks about David retiring from Test cricket after The Ashes
Australian opener David Warner could carry on his Test cricket career well into the future with his wife Candice supporting him to keep playing beyond next year.
Speculation has been swirling around when Warner could retire from Tests after next year’s Ashes series against England.
That speculation has intensified after the 36-year-old failed with the bat against a pedestrian West Indies attack in Perth this week.
The Warner family are fully supportive of David continuing his Test cricket career beyond the 2023 Ashes series
Earlier this month, Warner said that he could look to stand down from Test cricket next summer to focus on limited overs cricket.
‘Test cricket will probably be the first one to fall off. Potentially it could be my last 12 months in Test cricket,’ the 92 Test veteran said.
His wife, however, has suggested he could play on well after the 2023/24 summer of cricket and he would have the family’s full support.
‘I support Dave 100 per cent as a family. We’ve been part of Team Warner for a long time now, and if David has the hunger and desire to keep going, we’ll be there to support him,’ she said.
A disappointed Warner reacts to being bowled for just 5 in the first Test match of the summer against the West Indies
David Warner of Australia walks from the field after being bowled by Jayden Seales of the West Indies during day one of the First Test match between Australia and the West Indies
‘We’ve got a really good support network at home. When he’s away you just keep things going and it’s really important for the kids that we have a really good balance, but the girls love watching him play.
‘We love watching him play, he still has a hunger, a desire, and that burn to represent his country. He’s one of those very unpredictable sporting characters.
‘You just never know with him, but he still wants to have, if he still wants to play and put that Baggy Green on for one year, two years, whatever it may be then we’ll support him in that.’
Candace also revealed she was shocked by the Australian Test side’s meticulous approach to preparing for matches – and the work hard, play hard ethos of the Aussie side.
Warner herself is a retired Australian professional ironwoman and surf life saver and she admitted that there were very large differences between individual sport and the team environment of the Aussie Test side, including how they celebrate.
David Warner and wife Candice Warner embrace their daughters following victory in the Second Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG
‘They had a very different routine to what I was used to being an individual athlete is very different to being in a team environment,’
‘At first I just couldn’t believe how they would celebrate their wins so much, which as an individual athlete, you don’t get that luxury.
‘And now that I’ve been a part of the team environment, I understand how important it is to actually celebrate those little wins along the way. Because winning isn’t always guaranteed.
Candice Warner at the 2022 Australian Commercial Radio Awards in Darling Harbour
‘And also it’s important to celebrate your success. So yeah, at first I was shocked, but I understand now, but when it comes to fitness, some of the cricketers, and I know David are some of the fittest in the world.
‘They are elite athletes. I see the work that my husband puts in, not even when he’s with the team, but at home. And it’s kilometres and kilometres of running, sprint sessions, weight sessions, in the swimming pool.’
Warner is still showing some of his best form, pictured with the player of the series trophy following game three of the One Day International series between Australia and England
Candice declined to comment on the ongoing captaincy speculation surround David Warner.
He is currently banned from all leadership roles in Australian cricket because of his role in the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal, but there have been calls to relax that punishment so he can lead the Aussie side in captain Pat Cummins’ absence.
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