David Warner anticipates a coaching role in the future and foresees a shift in cricket dynamics within the next decade, envisioning the decline of sledging.

David Warner, having recently concluded his final Test match in Australia’s winning series against Pakistan, expressed his desire to pursue coaching in the future. He anticipates a transformation in cricket culture, speculating that sledging will fade away over the next decade as cricketers from diverse nations intermingle in domestic leagues like the IPL.

Despite retiring from ODIs, Warner remains available for T20Is and various global T20 tournaments. When speaking on Fox Cricket, the 37-year-old humorously noted the need to consult his wife about dedicating more time to potential coaching ventures, highlighting his aspiration to delve into coaching roles down the road.

“Yeah, I’ve got ambitions later down the track to potentially coach. I’ll have to speak with the wife first to see if I’m allowed a few more days away,” Warner said.

Recently, Australian player Usman Khawaja disclosed that during Warner’s early Test career, coaches encouraged him to provoke opponents, aiming to disrupt their focus. Khawaja admitted he too was guided to adopt this confrontational style to unsettle batters.

“When I came into the team, the way that I went about it on the field was to get in people’s faces, to upset them and to get them off their rhythm when they’re batting. I was moulded into being that person. I don’t think you’ll see that kind of sledging or anything like that anymore. I think it’ll be just like a bit of laughter, a bit of banter, like me and Shaheen Shah Afridi (in the Test against Pakistan). I think that’s probably the way forward. I don’t think you’ll see that old aggression again,” Warner explained.

“It will change. In five, ten years’ time, if I am coaching, I think the whole dynamic will be changing, and it’ll be more about cricket specifics and how you’re winning games, and not about how you get on the skin of batsmen when you’re out there.” he concluded.

Warner wrapped up his Test career with 8786 runs, securing an average of 44.59 and marking 26 centuries and 37 half-centuries. In Australia’s Test history, he stands as the fifth-highest run-scorer. Moreover, Warner ranks as the second-highest run-getter in international cricket for Australia, accumulating a total of 18612 runs across various formats.

Last Updated on January 7, 2024

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