Fans are excited with the much-anticipated 3-game Test series between Pakistan and Australia, kicking off on December 14. However, the spotlight has been stolen by none other than Australia’s opener, David Warner, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket following the 3rd test in Sydney. As cricket fans eagerly awaited Warner’s farewell series, the narrative has taken an unexpected turn with former Australia fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson, making a controversial statement.
Johnson expressed his discontent with Warner’s handling of the infamous ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018. Johnson remarked, “It’s been five years, and David Warner has still never really owned the ball-tampering scandal.” He went on to criticize Warner’s exit, accusing him of arrogance and disrespect towards the nation. The question arises: Why does a struggling Test opener get to determine his retirement date, especially one embroiled in such a significant cricketing scandal?
Candice Warner Shuts Down Mitchell Johnson For His Statement After David Warner’s Century In Perth
Johnson’s statement has ignited a fierce debate on social media, dividing fans into two camps. While a significant portion condemns Johnson’s remarks, labeling them as an attack on an Australian legend, others support his call for accountability. The Sandpapergate scandal, which involved Warner and Steve Smith during the 2018 Australia tour of South Africa, continues to cast a shadow over Warner’s legacy.
As the first day of the series unfolds in Perth, David Warner is making headlines on the pitch, currently batting not out at an impressive 154 runs off 203 balls, including 16 fours and 3 sixes. Despite Johnson’s criticisms, many fans argue that Warner has already faced the consequences of the ball-tampering incident and should be allowed to retire with dignity. They emphasise the need to separate personal controversies from on-field achievements, acknowledging Warner’s significant contributions to Australian cricket.
Adding a layer of salt to the narrative, David Warner’s wife, Candice Warner, weighed in on the controversy through a cryptic tweet. After Warner’s stellar performance and reaching a century in the first test, Candice posted a shush emoji on her tweet, subtly addressing Mitchell Johnson’s comments. She indirectly responded to Johnson while celebrating her husband’s on-field success.