David Warner makes classy gesture after playing his final game for Australia… but teammates fail to give veteran the send off he deserves
- David Warner gave a kid his player of the series trophy
- Warner scored 81 runs in his last match for Australia
- But West Indies won by 37 runs at Optus Stadium
David Warner’s valiant knock was in vain as West Indies cruised to a 37-run win over Australia in the third and final T20 clash at the Optus Stadium.
West Indies posted a monster 6-220 in Tuesday night’s match after blistering knocks from Andre Russell (71 off 29 balls) and Sherfane Rutherford (67 not out off 40 balls).
In reply, Warner overcame a terrifying knock to the chin to post 81 off 49 balls to give Australia a chance of victory in front of 17,018 fans.
But the 3-3 defeat, in which Aaron Hardie, Warner and Josh Inglis all departed in the space of 10 balls, signaled the end of Australia’s hopes, with the home side finishing on 5-183.
The result denied Australia a clean sweep of the three-match series, with the hosts instead winning 2-1 ahead of the tour to New Zealand.
David Warner made a classy gesture in his last ever match for Australia
The veteran scored 81 runs but his effort was in vain as Australia lost to the West Indies
But fans were blown away by an incredibly generous act from Warner as he left the stage on Tuesday.
The veteran presented a young kid with his player of the series trophy before signing a number of autographs.
“A lovely gesture by Davey,” one fan said on X.
The West Indies slumped to 3-17 after an early strike from debutant pacer Xavier Bartlett (2-37).
Russell came to the field with his side in deep trouble at 5-79 in the ninth over.
He combined with Rutherford for a 139-run stand that changed the complexion of the game.
This was the highest stand for sixth wickets in a T20 match.
But it wasn’t until the penultimate over – bowled by Adam Zampa – that Russell took the damage to the next level.
Russell smashed 28 runs – including four sixes – during that devastating over.
His three consecutive sixes to complete the over came after Tim David dropped a diving catch on the boundary.
Had that catch been taken, Zampa would have had figures of 2-43 with three more balls in his spell.
Instead, he finished with 1-65 – the most expensive figures of his 77-match T20I career.
Russell, who took a painful blow to his glove early in his innings, finished with seven sixes and four fours to his name.
After the game, Warner signed autographs for children at Optus Stadium
He gifted his player of the series trophy to a young fan in a classy move
Mitch Marsh’s promotion to opener was short-lived, with the skipper holding out for 17.
Warner was on 21 when a rising Russell delivery crashed against the underside of his helmet grid.
The 37-year-old received treatment on the pitch to check for concussion or any signs of damage to his jaw, but was given the green light to continue.
Warner sliced the next ball for four and reached his half-century in 25 balls with a huge six down the ground.
But when Hardie (16 off 16) chopped Romario Shepherd on his stumps, it caused a collapse from which Australia could not recover.
Warner exhausted in the deep, and Inglis was sent on when Roston Chase (2-19) took a sharp catch off his own bowling.
Glenn Maxwell (12 off 14 balls) couldn’t get going, but Tim David (41 off 19 balls) could at least provide the crowd with some late fireworks.