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David Warner breaks his silence on former teammate Mitchell Johnson's criticism

Published at :December 08, 2023 at 06:19 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:16 AM
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Saurabh Anand

David Warner will be retiring from test cricket following the home series against Pakistan.

A massive war of words going on between two of the Australian cricket greats. Former pacer Mitchell Johnson raised objections over a hero-like farewell for David Warner. Mitchell Johnson was miffed with Warner and dug up 2018’s ‘Sandpaper Gate’ scandal. Johnson slammed Warner for not owning up to his mistake and he also said that the way he is treated now is kind of a disrespect to the country. 

Now, Australian skipper Pat Cummins as well as David Warner himself came out in the open and responded to Mitchell Johnson’s comments. David Warner slammed the former Australian pacer but also respected the freedom to have an opinion. The left-hand batter will be playing his final test series for Australia. Earlier in June 2023, Australian opening batter David Warner announced his retirement from test cricket. 

Warner responds to Mitchell Johnson

Speaking to Fox Sports, David Warner said, “It would not be a summer of cricket without a headline. It is what it is. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But moving forward, we are looking at a nice Test over in the west.” Warner also added that his batting has helped him cope with all the difficulties and he is not bothered about Johnson’s comment. Warner said that when you play at the world level, you face severe criticism but also a lot of love. 

He added, “I resonate with where I grew up. For me, it was a great upbringing with my parents, but it taught me every… to work hard. My parents ingrained that into me. When you get on to the world stage, you don’t realise what goes with that there is a lot of media. A lot of criticism. But there are also a lot of positives. And I think what is more important is what you see today, people coming out here to support cricket, Australian cricket, and cricket in general. It is fantastic.” 

Australian skipper Pat Cummins also came forward to support David Warner. Cummins said that the team is protective of each other. Batting for Warner he said, “I think we protect each other a lot. We have been through a lot over the years. Our boys, I’ve played alongside someone like Davey or Steve (Smith) for a dozen years now. (We are) fiercely protective of each other.” Pat Cummins added that right now everyone should be celebrating the success the Australian team had recently. 

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