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Usman Khawaja Shares His Mother’s Special Bond With David Warner After Sydney Test

As David Warner played his final Test for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Usman Khawaja shared Warner's special bond with his mother

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Jan 6, 2024 16:07 IST
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David Warner and Usman Khawaja
David Warner and Usman Khawaja

Australian veteran Test batter David Warner finally played his last Test match for the Kangaroos.

8786 runs, 26 centuries and 37 fifties later, the 37-year-old has put an end to an incredible Test career and felt grateful for ending it i some fashion as well. Australia completed a series whitewash against Pakistan with their 3rd Test win at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“It’s pretty much a dream come true. You win 3-0 and cap off what’s been a great 18 months to 2 years for the Australian cricket team. World Test Championship win, Ashes series draw, and then the World Cup. To come here and finish 3-0 is an outstanding achievement. I’m proud to be with a bunch of great cricketers here,” said Warner during the post-match presentation.

“Exciting, entertaining, and I hope I put a smile on everyone’s face with the way I played. Hopefully, the young kids out there can follow in my footsteps, white-ball cricket to Test cricket; it’s the pinnacle of our sport. So keep working hard and play the red ball game, which is entertaining as well. Thanks, everyone,” he added.

With Warner’s red ball form being criticized before the the Test series began, he took the pitch with only one thing on his mind, to shut the critics in style.

He certainly silenced his critics with an aggressive 26th Test century in the 1st Test at Perth which saw Pakistan on the back foot right from the start.

Warner’s Special Bond

Warner’s teammate Usman Khawaja shared the details of a unique bond Warner has with his mother. An emotional Warner was also seen hugging Khawaja’s mother after the culmination of the Sydney Test.

“Quite emotional walking back, such a long time, such an amazing journey (on David Warner), I’m very proud of having walked out to bat with him, loved the way he took on the bowlers and completed the 3-0 series win. I’ll remember him as an entertainer and a performer, when you get David Warner you’ll get something unexpected at all times,” Khawaja said.

“He (Warner) is hugging my mom, she loves him a lot. Honestly, I just enjoyed batting with him, he attacked the ball, let me play my game.”

When asked about which player could takeover from the Test veteran, Khawaja said “Be yourself, you can’t try to be someone else, you just can’t go out and strike in the 70s (when asked if Warner can be replaced seamlessly). Test cricket is a tough place, you go out and do it your own way.”

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First published on: Jan 06, 2024 04:07 PM IST

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