David Warner bids farewell to Test cricket with a fiery fifty

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David Warner ended his illustrious Test career with a bang, smashing a quick-fire fifty against Pakistan at the SCG on Saturday. The explosive opener, who announced his retirement before the match, received a warm ovation from the crowd and a guard of honour from the opposition as he walked out to bat for the last time.

David Warner, who is Australia’s fifth-highest Test run-scorer with 8786 runs, fell short of a century as he was dismissed for 58 by Sajid Khan. However, he entertained the fans with his trademark shots, including a switch-hit, a reverse sweep and a lofted drive. He reached his 37th Test fifty, and helped Australia chase down the target of 130 with eight wickets to spare.

The 36-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2011, said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from the fans and his teammates.

“It meant the world to me,” he said. “I’ve given absolutely everything to play this game, and sacrificed a lot of things to be in the position I am [in]. Lots of ups and downs; [I] have had to come back and overcome adversity. Think I’ve done that very, very well. Think it’s been well received from a lot of people, and think today just showed to me that I do have a lot of support. I’m very grateful and very thankful for that.”

Warner also had a memorable day in the field, taking a catch to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan and leading the team onto the ground as captain Pat Cummins gave him the honour. He also paid tribute to his late friend Phillip Hughes by touching the plaque outside the dressing room. He shared an emotional hug with his long-time partner Usman Khawaja, who also played his last Test match. “He [Khawaja] said it’s been an awesome journey and one he won’t forget, and will cherish these moments forever,” Warner recalled. “I didn’t have anything to go back with because I was tearing up.”

Warner, who has 26 Test hundreds and a strike rate of 70.26, will be remembered as one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of the game. He was also a key member of the Australian team that won the 2015 and 2023 ODI World Cup and the 2019 Ashes. His final Test innings was a fitting farewell for a legend of the game.

Full Scorecard: Australia vs Pakistan

Pakistan 1st Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
Abdullah Shafique c Smith b Starc022000.00
Saim Ayub c †Carey b Hazlewood028000.00
Shan Masood (c)c Smith b Marsh35701423050.00
Babar Azam lbw b Cummins2640464065.00
Saud Shakeel c †Carey b Cummins512190041.66
Mohammad Rizwan †c Hazlewood b Cummins8810314710285.43
Agha Salman c Head b Starc53671168079.10
Sajid Khan c Lyon b Cummins1523282065.21
Aamer Jamal c Starc b Lyon82971129484.53
Hasan Ali c Starc b Cummins058000.00
Mir Hamza not out743931016.27
Extras(lb 1, nb 1)2
TOTAL77.1 Ov (RR: 4.05)313
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Abdullah Shafique, 0.2 ov), 2-4 (Saim Ayub, 1.2 ov), 3-39 (Babar Azam, 10.5 ov), 4-47 (Saud Shakeel, 14.3 ov), 5-96 (Shan Masood, 29.3 ov), 6-190 (Mohammad Rizwan, 46.2 ov), 7-220 (Sajid Khan, 52.2 ov), 8-226 (Agha Salman, 53.4 ov), 9-227 (Hasan Ali, 54.6 ov), 10-313 (Aamer Jamal, 77.1 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB 
Mitchell Starc1627524.6800
Josh Hazlewood1526514.3300
Pat Cummins1816153.3800
Nathan Lyon17.107414.3100
Mitchell Marsh712713.8501
Marnus Labuschagne31903.0000
Travis Head10101.0000

Australia 1st Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
David Warner c Babar Azam b Agha Salman3468984050.00
Usman Khawaja c †Mohammad Rizwan b Aamer Jamal471431724032.86
Marnus Labuschagne b Agha Salman601472136040.81
Steven Smith c Babar Azam b Mir Hamza38861293044.18
Travis Head lbw b Aamer Jamal1029430034.48
Mitchell Marsh c Shan Masood b Aamer Jamal541131426047.78
Alex Carey †b Sajid Khan38581013065.51
Mitchell Starc not out19200011.11
Pat Cummins (c)lbw b Aamer Jamal022000.00
Nathan Lyon c Saud Shakeel b Aamer Jamal53710166.66
Josh Hazlewood c Agha Salman b Aamer Jamal021000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 7, nb 2, w 2)12
TOTAL109.4 Ov (RR: 2.72)299
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (David Warner, 24.3 ov), 2-108 (Usman Khawaja, 43.3 ov), 3-187 (Steven Smith, 73.2 ov), 4-187 (Marnus Labuschagne, 74.2 ov), 5-205 (Travis Head, 83.2 ov), 6-289 (Alex Carey, 106.2 ov), 7-293 (Mitchell Marsh, 107.4 ov), 8-293 (Pat Cummins, 107.6 ov), 9-299 (Nathan Lyon, 109.2 ov), 10-299 (Josh Hazlewood, 109.4 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB 
Sajid Khan2657312.8000
Mir Hamza2195312.5210
Hasan Ali2165302.5200
Aamer Jamal21.426963.1812
Agha Salman2034322.1500

Pakistan 2nd Innings 

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
Abdullah Shafique b Starc064000.00
Saim Ayub lbw b Lyon3353793162.26
Shan Masood (c)c †Carey b Hazlewood012000.00
Babar Azam c †Carey b Head2352811044.23
Saud Shakeel c Smith b Hazlewood219220010.52
Mohammad Rizwan †c Warner b Lyon2857781049.12
Sajid Khan b Hazlewood021000.00
Agha Salman c Warner b Hazlewood021000.00
Aamer Jamal c Head b Cummins1847632038.29
Hasan Ali b Lyon59160055.55
Mir Hamza not out11112009.09
Extras(lb 5)5
TOTAL43.1 Ov (RR: 2.66)115
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Abdullah Shafique, 0.6 ov), 2-1 (Shan Masood, 1.2 ov), 3-58 (Saim Ayub, 17.4 ov), 4-60 (Babar Azam, 20.1 ov), 5-67 (Saud Shakeel, 24.1 ov), 6-67 (Sajid Khan, 24.3 ov), 7-67 (Agha Salman, 24.5 ov), 8-109 (Mohammad Rizwan, 39.4 ov), 9-109 (Aamer Jamal, 40.1 ov), 10-115 (Hasan Ali, 43.1 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB 
Mitchell Starc411513.7500
Josh Hazlewood921641.7700
Pat Cummins702413.4200
Nathan Lyon17.123632.0900
Travis Head611913.1600

Australia 2nd Innings (T: 130 runs)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
Usman Khawaja lbw b Sajid Khan063000.00
David Warner lbw b Sajid Khan5775977076.00
Marnus Labuschagne not out6273989084.93
Steven Smith not out41510400.00
Extras(b 5, lb 2)7
TOTAL25.5 Ov (RR: 5.03)130/2
Did not bat: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey †, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood 
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Usman Khawaja, 0.6 ov), 2-119 (David Warner, 24.5 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB 
Sajid Khan1114924.4500
Mir Hamza20904.5000
Hasan Ali401503.7500
Agha Salman502805.6000
Aamer Jamal3.502205.7300

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