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Warner's focus on Ashes as Sydney farewell looms

David Warner has made no secret of his desire to retire at the SCG in January but he insists reaching that farewell party is not a motivator in the Ashes.


David Warner bats in second Ashes Test. Image AP

Achieving a dream SCG farewell in January is not on David Warner's mind during the Ashes, with the opener adamant other motivations are driving him in England.


Warner took a step on Wednesday towards cementing his place for one final home summer, his 66 setting up Australia's first-day score of 5-339 in the second Test at Lord's.


The tourists will update their squad for the final three Ashes Tests, with Warner now nailed on to be opening in the next match at Headingley.


Warner, who announced his retirement plans four weeks ago, always knew runs were the only thing that could guarantee his selection for the Australian summer.


Wednesday's score was only the opener's second above 50 in his past 20 innings, but the 36-year-old has been solid for Australia on this tour.


Warner, though, remains adamant he is not thinking about whether he's done enough to confirm the booking for his Sydney retirement party against Pakistan.


"I have played enough cricket, I know I'm already at the back end," Warner said. 

"I'm going to enjoy my retirement once I'm done.


"The most important thing is here, putting my best foot forward for the team, bringing the energy and then trying to put numbers on the board for the guys. 


"That's all I'm focused on. I'm not worried about my spot in the team."


Warner was dropped once off Stuart Broad on Wednesday but found a way to break the rhythm of his arch-nemesis by walking down the wicket and playing more expansively.


Dismissed seven times by Broad during his horror 2019 Ashes - and again in the first Test of this series - Warner is determined to be less defensive against the seamer.


"I always feel like I'm in a good place when I come up against Broady," a defiant Warner said.


"Statistically, he's got me out a lot, but he's bowled a lot to me. 


"It's just (about) getting to the right positions. You're going to have your name on one of them. 


"In 2019 I went the other way. I went too defensive against him and got myself into the positions where I was too front-on and I was nicking off. 


"But if I'm looking to score and I get into that position and hold my line, so be it."


Warner's knock on Wednesday won the backing of former opener Mark Taylor, who prior to the tour said the 36-year-old should be given until Lord's to fight for his spot.


"It was an important innings for Warner. Not just for him but for this Australian side," Taylor said in Sky's commentary. 


"There is a lot of talk about what Australia would do after this Test match. 

"They only picked their team for the first two Tests and I'm sure his position would have been discussed. 


"We have all seen him play in the World Test Championship and even at Edgbaston, he just looks better. He looked better again today."


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