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Australian opening partners David Warner and Usman Khawaja have vowed not to leave the Test team “in a hole” when the time comes for either or both to call strains on their careers.

Speaking on Fox Cricket during yesterday’s weather delay, Warner revealed he and Khawaja had discussed their retirements and what they would mean for the Australian side.

He said filling the void left by the retirement of Langer and Hayden, along with several other key stars in the space of a few years, has left the team empty of experience.

“I know during that kind of five-year transition period, when a lot of great players left, there were big holes to fill with the number of games you play,” he said.

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“So we always talk about games played and how important that is to the performance and perspective of a team with experience. And you can’t fill that void.”

Warner has flagged Matt Renshaw – who tested positive for COVID-19 on a RAT in the hours leading up to the start of play yesterday – as a player who could fill his position. Although he is already 30, Warner believes Marcus Harris was another.

“The team is in a great position for when we decide to leave – or not play and get tapped on the shoulder,” he said.

Warner and Khawaja came through the Sydney junior cricket scene together and were close friends throughout their childhood.

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Warner was at SCG when Khawaja made his debut in the Sydney Test of the 2010-11 Ashes series, which Australia lost 3-1.

“I remember sitting here (for) his first game in a box – I hadn’t played test cricket yet – and it brought tears to my eyes seeing a friend of mine, a of my close friends to come out and debut.”

Warner made his debut 11 months later against New Zealand.

“I played a lot of cricket growing up with him, and playing alongside him was fantastic.

“It’s just great to see him enjoying his cricket for what it is.

“As he keeps telling me, this might be our last game together. (So) we’re going to enjoy the next four months, enjoy it as much as possible and hopefully he can play a bit longer than me.”

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