Special farewell act for David Warner at SCG after the fairytale end to his career
- Warner got to lead the team song in the middle of the SCG
- Players formed a circle around the exiting opener
- Warner hit 57 runs off 75 balls in the final Test
Hours after the crowd left the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday evening, David Warner was given the honor of leading the team song in a very special moment with his teammates.
Warner signed off from Test cricket by providing Australia with a reminder of how much he will be missed, scoring a powerful half-century in an eight-wicket win over Pakistan.
Warner's career came full circle at the SCG on Saturday, displaying the same kind of brutal batting that made him famous when he burst onto the international stage 15 years ago.
In a fitting farewell to his 112-Test career, Warner hit 57 off 75 balls before being trapped by Sajid Khan as Australia fell 11 short of their target of 130.
The opener left to a standing ovation, before Australia sealed a 3-0 nil to the tourists in the next over.
Warner smashed 57 runs off 75 balls before being trapped by Sajid Khan
“It's pretty much a dream come true,” Warner said.
'You win 3-0 and cap off a great eighteen months for the team.'
Hours after the game ended, the players huddled in the center of the SCG to sing the team song Under the Southern Cross.
Song custodian Nathan Lyon handed over to Warner to direct proceedings, before teammates embraced the experienced opener.
Images of the special moment on Saturday evening quickly made the rounds on social media.
'What an incredible moment for a sportsman. These are the moments everyone lives for,” said an X user.
Another described the moment as a 'nice gesture'.
Australia has admitted it will be virtually impossible to find another Warner.
Warner shares a special moment with his wife Candice after his final test match for Australia
It was a special occasion for the entire Australian team, who reclaimed India's world No. 1 ranking after a 3-0 win over Pakistan.
He is the most prolific opener in the side's history and has scored faster than any other Australian in the top flight over the past decade.
“One thing is the style he plays, and today a run-a-ball 50 on a tricky wicket,” Pat Cummins said.
'But in Test cricket you also play under all kinds of circumstances. And losing someone who has played 100 Test matches is a pretty tough fill.
“It was a good reminder of what an experienced and first-class cricketer Davey is.”
Warner's runs came after Josh Hazlewood set up victory for Australia on Friday evening as Pakistan were bowled out for 115 on the fourth morning.
After the tourists took a 15-run lead in the first innings, Hazlewood (4-16) claimed a triple-wicket maiden late on day three to crush Pakistan's hopes.
They were able to provide brief resistance on Saturday morning, Mohammad Rizwan (28) and Aamir Jamal (18) putting on 42 for the eighth wicket.
But when Nathan Lyon (3-36) caught Rizwan in a leg slip, they quickly folded.
The victory confirms Australia's newly crowned status as the world's No. 1 Test team, with two matches against the West Indies later in January.