David Warner has hinted he might retire from T20 internationals in order to prolong his international career.
Warner was recently awarded with Allan Border Medal for his prolific performances for Australia across all three formats. His performance in Test cricket took a nosedive in the Ashes – where he was dismissed seven times by Stuart Broad – ending the series with an average of 9.5.
However, he made a strong comeback in the home summer, scoring a T20I hundred against Sri Lanka and a triple hundred against Pakistan in the Adelaide Test. Following the home summer, Warner impressed on the short India tour, scoring a hundred in a dominating run-chase at Mumbai.
With the age catching up in his side, Warner is considering giving up on T20Is to spend more time with his family.
"I don't have a BBL team; I took a break during this period, and that was about my body and my mind, making sure I'm getting ready for the next series that comes up," Warner said. "If you look at T20 internationals, we've got back-to-back World Cups as well, that's probably a format that could be one I'd probably drop in a few years.
"I have to look at the schedule; it's going to be very difficult [for me] to play all three forms, and good luck to all the guys who want to keep playing that. You talk to guys like AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag, these guys who've done it for a long time, it does become challenging.”
Australia’s next assignment will their tour of South Africa, a place where the infamous sandpaper gate unfolded in 2018. The duo of Smith and Warner were booed by the fans in the World Cup and in the Ashes but Warner said his experiences of dealing with the noise there were extremely helpful.
"I knew what I was walking into in England and I know exactly what I'm walking into in South Africa," he said. "You just look at the recent series against England; it doesn't matter where you go in the world, you're probably going to cop something of some sort. You've got to try and get that out of your head and not let that affect you.
“I've well and truly learned my lessons from last time. It's going to be great to go back over there, and I'm just really excited to get out there against South Africa and hopefully come home with a win."