David Warner almost made it through his final on-field interview without tears — almost.
The now retired Australian Test cricket legend achieved just about his dream farewell to Test cricket, making a half century in front of his home SCG crowd to bring Australia to within 11 runs of victory against Pakistan before being dismissed for 57.
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The 37-year-old was given a hero’s farewell by the Sydney crowd, who gave him a standing ovation as he walked off a Test arena for the final time.
With Warner — alongside Marnus Labuschagne (62 not out) — having done the bulk of the work in Australia’s chase of 130, the Aussies completed the job shortly after he was given out lbw on review, wrapping up the 3-0 series whitewash of Pakistan and retaining the Benaud-Qadir trophy.
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Emotion in the stadium was still high as Warner came back out onto the ground for the presentation and a final farewell — but not before he was interviewed on the ground for the last time.
“It is pretty much a dream come true, you win 3-0 and to cap off what has been a great 12 months for the Australian cricket team — World Test Championship, Ashes series draw, and (winning) the World Cup, and to finish 3-0 here is an outstanding achievement and I’m proud to be with a bunch of great cricketers,” Warner said.
He almost got emotional when asked about his family who, he has constantly stated throughout the latter half of his career, have played a key role in keeping him on the straight and narrow.
David and Candice Warner share a special moment after his final Test. Credit: Mark Evans/Getty Images
“(They are a) massive part of my life — without their support, you can’t do what you do,” he said.
“I owe credit to my parents for giving me a beautiful and great upbringing. My brother Steve, I followed in his footsteps.
“And then (wife) 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’m not going to keep carrying 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.”
Childhood friends David Warner and Usman Khawaja bring their families together for a special photo. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Australia’s fifth most prolific Test run scorer of all time said he tried to prepare for his final day of Test cricket just like any other.
“I felt happy and really proud,” Warner said of his mindset before play on Saturday morning.
“To come here in front of your home crowd with the support they have shown me in the Australian cricket team over the last decade of my career, I can’t thank them enough, without you guys we can’t do what we do and it’s much appreciated.”
And although he got the swansong he wanted, having flagged this as the point beyond which he would not continue in the baggy green, Warner said it will still give him mixed feelings to watch the team run out without him against West Indies later this month.
“I think it will be quite emotional to watch the guys go out there and not play,” he added.
“But you have a great bunch of cricketers here, we are all almost over 30 years of age, so as time goes by, we are not getting younger — but this team, they’re energetic and world-class and a great bunch of guys.”
David Warner couldn’t hold the tears back right at the end of the interview. Credit: Channel 7
Warner had kept his emotions in check for the entire interview before finally breaking down right at the end when he thanked the crowd for their support.
“Thanks everyone. Thanks,” is all he managed to get out as he walked back towards the team to the applause of the appreciative crowd.