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ILT20 or national duties: What will David Warner prefer?

ILT20 or national duties: What will David Warner prefer?
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As the cricketing world eagerly anticipates the upcoming T20I series, one burning question has loomed over fans and pundits alike: Will David Warner, the recently retired Test and ODI stalwart, grace the field for Australia in the T20Is against the West Indies and New Zealand, or will he focus solely on the impending ILT20?

David Warner bid farewell to Test and ODI formats after the Sydney Test against Pakistan, marking a triumphant end with Australia securing a clean sweep victory of 3-0. Speculations arose regarding his participation in the T20Is, especially with an eye on the T20 World Cup in 2024. The suspense intensified as Australia geared up for crucial series against the West Indies and New Zealand.

The West Indies T20I series is scheduled for the 9th, 11th, and 13th of February, closely followed by the New Zealand T20Is on the 21st, 23rd, and 25th of February. With the T20 World Cup looming in the USA and the West Indies, every match serves as a crucial preparation opportunity.

Amidst this suspense, Cricket Australia’s Chair of Selectors, George Bailey, has finally shed light on the matter. Contrary to the speculation, Warner is set to play in both the New Zealand and West Indies T20Is, confirming his commitment to the national team’s T20 preparations.

“He’ll be part of those T20 matches at the back end of the summer and in New Zealand as well,” he said.

“I think that’s the same with all our Australian contracted players. If they’re going to be selected in a squad then they’re available,” Bailey said. “If they’re not then it depends on what sort of domestic cricket responsibilities they have. So I think [Warner] had flagged that as potentially one of the reasons why he has made the decision to retire from one-day cricket but we’re still really excited about what he can provide for that T20 team and hoping he can add one more major trophy to his cabinet.”

Despite Warner’s contractual obligations to captain the Dubai Capitals in the ILT20, he is strategically planning to participate in the tournament, which kicks off on January 20. With Sydney Thunder set to miss the finals in the Big Bash League, Warner ensures there is no scheduling clash, allowing him to seamlessly transition from the T20I series to the high-profile ILT20, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the game on multiple fronts.

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