David Warner reveals autobiography plans post Test retirement

David Warner brought curtains down on an illustrious red-ball career after Australia defeated Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney last week to win the series 3-0. The southpaw went out on a high as he scored 75-ball 57 in his last Test innings.

He has also decided to step away from playing ODI cricket but he can make a comeback if Australia needs him in the ICC Champions Trophy next year. The 37-year-old will now focus on playing T20 cricket for Australia and in the different franchise leagues around the world.

48 hours after his Test farewell, Warner, in an interview on the Prairie Club Fire podcast with Adam Gilchrist and former England captain Michael Vaughan, spilled the beans on his plans for an autobiography. Warner suggested that the book would have details regarding his cricketing journey. He also hinted that the book would offer insights into the infamous Sandpaper Gate controversy in 2018 that saw him getting banned for 12 months.

“There’s definitely a book in the pipeline, and I think it will be an interesting read. There’s going to be a lot of things in that book that I think are going to raise some eyebrows. I’ll have to edit a few chapters now; there’s a few more that have been added. It was 1500 pages, now it’s probably 2000,” said Warner during the podcast.

Warner suggested that he might not share all the details regarding the ball-tampering scandal immediately as it might affect his contemporaries, who are still playing for the country. However, he didn’t rule out the possibility of sharing details once they bid adieu to international cricket. Warner’s manager James Erskine, has hinted that the autobiography could reveal more about how many members of the Australian team were aware of the plan.

Steve Smith is best Test batsman in the world: David Warner

Cameron Bancroft, who had opened for Australia in Tests alongside Warner, recently shared his opinion on the southpaw’s potential replacement. Bancroft felt that the Aussies should go for a “traditional” specialist opener. Warner, however, didn’t agree to this and he felt that Steve Smith, who has been a pillar for Australia at No. 4, could do well as an opener.

The legendary right-handed batter has expressed interest in opening the innings. Warner called Smith the “best Test batsman in the world” and stated that his adaptability and skill will hold him in good stead if he moves to the top of the order.