- Former fast bowler brands Warner ‘arrogant’
- Says Warner hasn’t warranted ‘hero’s send off’
- Claims veteran ‘never owned ball-tampering scandal’
Aussie cricket legend Mitchell Johnson has reignited a long-running feud by taking a stunning swipe at David Warner, insisting that the opener hasn’t ‘warranted a hero’s send off’.
The former fast bowler called for Warner to be dropped from Australia’s Ashes tour earlier in 2023, prompting a war of words between Johnson and Candice Warner.
Candice hit back at Johnson saying his opinions were irrelevant and ‘don’t have a lot of merit’.
Johnson has reignited the beef with Warner and his family with a column published in The West Australian on Saturday.
Warner has stated that he plans to retire from Test cricket following the New Year’s match against Pakistan at the SCG in January.
Mitchell Johnson has reignited his feud with David Warner after attacking his former Australia teammate over his Sydney Test farewell plan
Candice Warner and Johnson had a war of words earlier in the year after the former fast bowler called for Warner to be dropped after a run of poor form
Johnson has questioned why a ‘struggling Test opener’ gets to nominate his own retirement date, saying he hasn’t ‘warranted a hero’s send off’.
He also suggested that the infamous ball-tampering scandal that shocked world sport in 2018 is another reason Warner shouldn’t get to nominate his farewell series.
‘Does this really warrant a swan song, a last hurrah against Pakistan that was forecast a year in advance as if he was bigger than the game and the Australian cricket team,’ Johnson wrote.
‘It’s been five years and Warner has still never really owned the ball-tampering scandal.
‘Now the way he is going out is underpinned by more of the same arrogance and disrespect to our country.’
Johnson also remarked that Sydney fans might wave sheets of sandpaper during the final Test.
‘What will fans bring for Warner? Bunnings would sell out of sandpaper,’ he wrote.
‘Ultimately, an international cricket career is not just about your statistical achievements with bat or ball. How you held yourself and how you played the game will live long after you depart.
Johnson believes Warner shouldn’t get to dictate the way he retires from test cricket
Warner indicated he plans to retire in Sydney after the third match against Pakistan in January
‘Australia coach Andrew McDonald said recently they will be picking this summer’s Test squad based on current performances.
‘It would be nice to know how long this strategy has been in place because it doesn’t seem to have applied to Warner for quite a while.’
Johnson also noted that little fuss was made for the retirement of bowling greats Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and that they didn’t ‘tell the world months in advance when they were going to finish up’.
Johnson himself admits that he announced his own international retirement before play on the final day of a Test against New Zealand.