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David Warner ends up on top as Australia steal top spot in Tests with 3-0 win over Pakistan – but polarizing opener reveals regrets that will always haunt him in retirement

David Warner will walk out of Test cricket on a high after Australia officially battled India’s ICC world number one.

It follows that Pat Cummins’ men beat Pakistan 3-0 in their series on home soil and India finished 1-1 with South Africa.

Warner, 37, enjoyed one final Test innings at the crease in front of family and friends at the SCG in Australia on Saturday, chasing a total of 130 on day four.

Warner finished on 57, ultimately falling short after a spin from Sajid Khan with Australia needing just 11 runs to win.

It means he ended his career with 8786 runs at an average of just over 44, 37 Test fifties and 26 centuries.

Cricket fans turned out in their thousands to celebrate the finale of David Warner’s Test career, with Australia celebrating their top ranking on the same day.

Warner said it was the perfect way to end his career, especially after the Australian team’s golden run.

«It’s almost a dream come true to win 3-0 and end what has been a great 18 months to two years with the Australian cricket team,» he said.

“Let’s go back to winning the Test World Cup, draw the Ashes series and then the World Cup.

«So to come here, to finish 3-0 is an outstanding achievement and I’m proud to be here with a bunch of great cricketers.»

But Warner knows Sandpapergate and his role in the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, which resulted in a 12-month ban from the sport, will always linger.

It will be his one big regret and he hopes he has done enough to earn redemption in the eyes of the Australian public upon his return.

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“Over the years, I know I haven’t been everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, I’ve played the game as hard as I can and to the best of my ability. I hope I’ve regained that trust with everyone,» Warner said on Fox Cricket.

In a touching moment, Warner also took a moment to honor a plaque at the SCG dedicated to his good friend and former opening partner Phil Hughes, who tragically died in 2014 after being hit on the head by a short ball.

The 37-year-old was the main attraction on Saturday as the Aussies looked to complete a series of clean sweeps against Pakistan.

He walked onto the pitch, which had a special logo painted on the pitch that read «Thanks Dave» in white along with a silhouette of his famous celebratory leap every time he plundered a century.

And the opening batsman ended his career as he had started, playing all the shots, including an odd reverse sweep, to get to the 63rd Test 50 of his career to match his 26 centuries.

Departing at the lunch break with 52 runs on the board and the finish line in sight, Warner donated his batting gloves to one lucky junior cricket fan on his way back to the pavilion.

When he walked off the field for the last time, another young fan was given batting gloves along with his helmet.

Warner set the tone from the third ball he faced on Saturday when he went for the wicket of quick Mir Hamza.

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Twice, he swept spinner Sajid Khan back to the boundary in a fun but calculated approach to negate the harsh outside off stump.

There was also a touch of the bizarre when Warner missed a reverse-suck attempt by Hasan Ali.

Warner was a bit lucky on 16 when he almost cut while Aamir Jamal dropped a very difficult chance at mid-wicket on 25.

But as always with Warner, when the ball came out of the middle of the bat, it was formidable for the opposition.

His hit of the day was a crisp four over the back leg covers against Hamza while more boundaries fell to Sajid.

The left-hander’s running between the wickets has been a feature of his innings, as it has been throughout his career.

David Warner will leave Test cricket on a high after Australia officially wrestled back the world number one from India

The father of three retired from Test and ODI cricket to spend more time with his family

Warner was a polarizing figure but will still go down as one of Australia’s best Test cricketers

The polarizing star made his Test debut in 2011 against New Zealand and quickly established a dominant reputation at the top of the order.

Known for his ruthless nature, Warner has endured a lot of criticism throughout his career, which intensified after ‘Sandpapergate’ in Cape Town in 2018.

But the father-of-three returned from his 12-month ban from the sport – and left the Test arena on his own terms.

In a series of tributes online, Warner’s teammates paid tribute to a 37-year career of distinction in all three formats of the sport.

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«He’s tenacious and has always done things his way,» Cummins said, with Josh Hazlewood adding: «Davey is an outstanding competitor who can turn the competition on its head.»

Wicketkeeper Alex Carey weighed in: «his record speaks for itself» and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis echoed coach Andrew McDonald’s comments, calling Warner «Australia’s greatest ever player in Test, ODI and T20 cricket».

Sadly, there was no sporting fairytale for Warner and the good friend Usman Khawaja that was on Saturday for duck.

Warner made his Test debut in 2011 against New Zealand and quickly established a fearsome reputation as a world-class batsman.

Warner married former Australian ironworker Candice Falzon in 2015 and the couple are said to have a property portfolio worth $10 million.

The veteran’s approach gave Australia some relief after Usman Khawaja was trapped LBW by Sajid in the first over.

After he and childhood friend Warner embraced before taking to the field, Khawaja reviewed the decision but was out on a narrow umpire’s call.

That left Marnus Labuschagne to play anchor for Warner while still offering some attacking strikes of his own against the spin.

The raids came after Australia took a 3-0 series lead at the lime and bowled out Pakistan for 115 on Saturday morning.

After Josh Hazlewood (4-16) ran through Pakistan on the third day, the tourists briefly countered on Saturday morning.

Mohammad Rizwan (28) and Aamir (18) put on 42 for the eighth wicket, but Pakistan were quickly bowled out as Nathan Lyon was caught first at leg slip.

Lyon also bowled Hasan to end the innings and finished with figures of 3-36.

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