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Australia opener David Warner has announced that he might not play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) any more so that he can focus on his Test career.
Warner’s comments come after he has scored 423 runs at a brilliant average of 60.42 in the ongoing Test series against India.
“I pinch myself every day that I’m opening the batting for Australia in Test matches, especially on an occasion like this at the Sydney Cricket Ground,” Warner wrote in his column for the Herald Sun. “And from now until I retire, I want to focus on Test cricket as much as I can, because that’s the way forward for me.
“I started off playing Twenty20 and it was fantastic. I still love playing for my country in that format. But in the future I may need to weigh up my options and at the very least, consider how much longer I play in the IPL for.
“I’ll play in the IPL this year, but the schedule is so hard for us to play and there’s six weeks you could have off.”
One of the other reasons why Warner is considering quitting playing in the IPL is due to the fact that he doesn’t want to burn himself out.
“We’ve got a long 18 months ahead and I need to have a clear mind about where I want to go for the next five years right through to the end of my career,” he wrote. “My forearm and thumb are both really sore leading into this Test, not that there’s anything courageous about me taking the field.
“But it’s more mental tiredness that I’m worried about. I’ve felt it before and I don’t want to burn out.
“You’ve got the greats of the game that have scored over 15,000 runs and over 10,000 runs, but they never had to balance the amount of cricket that’s played now, particularly Twenty20s.
“For myself it’s about sacrificing some things to try and get myself an extra 50 Test matches and play the best cricket I can. To do that, you need to weigh up your options.
“I never want Test cricket to be taken away from me or hindered by exhaustion. I don’t want anything clouding my mind or any regrets saying, ‘if I didn’t play this T20 series I might have been better’.”
Warner also admitted that the last four years have been extremely hectic for him.
“For the last four years I’ve been pretty much on the run with the international schedule and it does take a toll and coming up we’ve got the World Cup, a West Indies Tour, the Ashes, Bangladesh, the home summer, then away to New Zealand,” he wrote. “The amount of flying we do, combined with the training, it’s taxing. There has to come a point where I’ve got to be smarter about how I balance my workloads.”
Warner also pointed out that Virat Kohli will excel as India’s Test captain.
“I think he’s going to be a fantastic captain for India,” he wrote. “The aggression that comes out on the field with him, you take as a positive.
“We saw Michael Clarke last year against England and James Anderson. If you’re going to have a go at some of our players, our senior players will stand up.
“To see your captain firing like that, shows everyone you mean business. Sometimes you need to nudge that line, and captains are prepared to do that. Kohli’s appointment shows you can have those kind of personalities in charge.”