Former England captain Michael Vaughan has come out with a bombshell revelation. He said he had heard rumors that Steve Smith and David Warner would retire from Test cricket after the upcoming match at The Oval.
During the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 29 June 2023, Steve Smith scored his 32nd Test century, equaling former Australian captain Steve Waugh’s record for most centuries by an Australian player in Tests. His century also marked his 12th in an Ashes series, tying him with Jack Hobbs for the most centuries in this legendary competition, with Don Bradman holding the top spot with 19 centuries against England.
David Warner’s form has been inconsistent in the ongoing Ashes series in England. Although he performed admirably at Lord’s, his performances at Leeds and Manchester left much to be desired. Warner had earlier announced his retirement in the New Year and many assumed this would be Steve Smith’s last Ashes series in England.
“I don’t know where they’re getting this whisper from, but if Warner plays at the Oval, it will be the end of him,” Vaughan shared the rumors he heard on Fox Sports. He mentioned a “strong spell” he heard about Steve Smith retiring after the Oval Test. However, Vaughan admitted that he had not directly seen any concrete evidence to support these speculations.
As the cricketing world waits for the Oval Test, all eyes will be on Steve Smith and David Warner. If these rumors are true, the match could take on an emotional significance as the two legends contemplate bidding farewell to the game they have graced with their remarkable talent. This could potentially mark the end of an era in Australian cricket.