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David Warner does not anticipate a warm send-off from supporters in New Zealand.
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David Warner does not anticipate a warm send-off from supporters in New Zealand.

This week, David Warner will participate in his last bilateral international cricket series against New Zealand. However, the Australia opener does not anticipate a warm send-off from Black Caps supporters in Wellington and Auckland.

The individual, aged 37, has retired from Test and one-day cricket but has chosen to postpone his goodbye from the shortest form of the game until after the World Cup in the Caribbean and United States in June.

Warner, who is set to be the opening batsman for Australia in the upcoming Twenty20 series against New Zealand at Wellington Stadium and Eden Park, stated that he will not allow any verbal attacks to impact his performance.

“Here, the harsh truth remains that we are neighbors; in sports, we strive to outdo each other,” Warner stated during Monday’s press conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

“In that regard, we anticipate being met with strong opposition from the crowd. As we often say, we will simply let any criticism or comments pass through one ear and out the other – if I even acknowledge them at all.”

During a Test and ODI tour of New Zealand in 2016, Warner referred to the local fans as “derogatory and pretty vulgar” due to the abuse directed towards the Australian team.

Warner expressed his enjoyment in playing at this venue. He strives to give his best performance and score runs.

The audience may have become confrontational, but that says more about their own nature. If they choose to spend their money on insulting others, they have to deal with the consequences.

“We are here to participate in the game of cricket that we are passionate about, find joy in, and attract spectators to sustain the sport.”

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Warner stated that he plans to extend his career in Twenty20 leagues across the globe for “a couple more years.”

Although he has also registered to share his thoughts on the game through media work, Warner stated that he is not contemplating a career in politics.

“I’ll save that for later,” he stated. “I believe I would face intense scrutiny if I were to pursue a career in politics.”

Source: theguardian.com