Reaction: Warner ‘packed a wine or two’ as legend puts ‘full stop on remarkable career’
The curtain has come down on David Warner’s career, with the Aussie legend wiping a tear from his eye as he reflected on his final innings at his home ground in Sydney.
“I packed a wine or two,” he joked. “I felt happy and really, really proud.
“To come here in front of a home crowd with all the support they’ve shown me and the Australian cricket team over my career. Without you guys, we aren’t able to do what we do and it’s really very much appreciated.
“We are in the entertainment business and I’m happy to showcase what I try to do all the time. I started in T20 and try to emulate that.
“I try to play my shots and go out the way I play, and managed to get the win on the board which is great.”
He paid tribute to his family, particularly wife Candice Warner, for riding out some of the moments in an often-controversial career.
“(They’re a) massive part of your life,” said the opener.
“Without their support, you can’t do what you do.
“Credit to my parents for giving me a great upbringing, my brother Steve, I followed in his footsteps, and then Candice came along and got me in line and we’ve had a beautiful family.
“I cherish every moment I get with them and I love them to death. I won’t carry on because I’ll get too emotional. Thank you, Candice, for what you’ve done, you mean the world to me and I appreciate it.”
Warner’s illustrious Test career with the opener trapped LBW by Pakistan spinner Sajid Khan on 57.
It took a while to review the decision that saw Warner depart, with the batter initially given not out, but saw three reds on review to put an end to his final Test innings for Australia, one in which he had delivered his country to the brink of a victory that they would confirm just moments later.
As soon as the finger went up, the tributes began.
“It was a slow, painful end for him,” said Adam Gilchrist on the Fox commentary.
“He’s done his job, as he so often did for his country. The emotion, the passion, all coming to the fore now.
“To a man, the Pakistan players ran over to say well done to this warrior. A full stop on a remarkable career. So beautifully received at this famous Sydney Cricket Ground.
“It’s the last time he’ll walk up those famous stairs into the dressing room where he’s been a part for ten or so years. He had us captivated to the very end. Remarkable scenes.”
Accompanying Waugh was Adam Gilchrist, who described the moment as a dream come true for his fellow opener.
“It’s every cricketer’s dream to leave to a standing ovation in your final time, for the Australian Test team, on your home ground,” he said.
“Steve Smith comes in, David Warner exits for the last time. What a moment. Not a single person was on their seat for his walk-off, a reflection of what the public think, in a majority, about David Warner.”