- Mitchell Johnson now tipped to commentate during Perth Test
- Wasn’t named by Triple M when they announced their radio team
- Johnson and David Warner have been embroiled in a public spat
Mitchell Johnson will go face-to-face with David Warner in Perth next week during the first Test as his management confirmed he hasn’t been sacked as a commentator by Triple M after attacking his former teammate.
The news comes after Johnson was scathing in his criticism of Warner in a recent newspaper column.
The former fast bowler blasted the decision to include Warner – who has averaged just 22.81 runs in Test cricket this year – in the XI for the opening Test in Perth, and insisted the opener should not receive a hero’s farewell given his role in the sandpaper scandal of 2018.
It had been reported that Johnson was axed by Triple M when his name wasn’t included in their list of 18 commentators for the upcoming summer of cricket.
Johnson (pictured right) will be with Warner in Perth next week during the first Test – despite not being named as a Triple M commentator in a media release on Tuesday
The news comes after Johnson was scathing in his criticism of Warner (pictured) over his ‘stage-managed’ farewell to Test cricket
However, Johnson’s management cleared up any confusion by stating that their client will be behind the microphone for the Test against Pakistan on December 14.
Johnson questioned why Warner in June publicly declared his intention to retire from international white ball cricket following the Sydney Test against Pakistan – with many former Australian greats – notably Ricky Ponting and Ian Healy – not walking away on their own terms.
National selector George Bailey was also in Johnson’s sights, accusing him of being too close to the playing group.
Bailey responded by questioning the former bowler’s mental health – leaving Johnson ‘disgusted.’
Johnson has since claimed the motivation for his uncompromising column bashing Warner was an blunt text message Warner sent his former teammate in April.
‘I got a message from Dave, which was quite personal and I tried to ring him to talk to him about it,’ Johnson said on The Mitchell Johnson Cricket Show podcast.
‘It was never a personal thing then, until that point. That is what prompted me to write the article or part of it as well. It’s definitely a factor. Some of the things that he mentioned in that message.
‘I won’t say it [in more detail] because that’s up to Dave to say if he wants to talk about it. There was some stuff in there which was extremely disappointing, what he said, and pretty bad to be honest. That sort of was a bit of a driver.’
Reflecting on Bailey’s comments, Johnson said: ‘To ask if I’m OK because I’ve had mental health issues is pretty much downplaying my article and putting it on mental health, which is quite disgusting,’ he said.
‘I’m fine. I’m not angry. I’m not jealous. I’m just writing a piece that for me I felt like I needed to write.
‘It’s basically having a dig at someone’s mental health and saying that I must have something going on, a mental health issue, has made me say what I’ve said. That’s not the truth.’
Johnson also doubled down on his attacks on Warner in the podcast.
Johnson also hit out at national selector George Bailey (pictured) for his ‘disgusting’ remark about his mental health
After Johnson called for Warner to be dropped from Australia’s Ashes tour this year, Candice Warner (right) hit back, saying his opinions were irrelevant and ‘don’t have a lot of merit’
‘It sort of feels like it ties in. The selectors have talked about picking guys on form,’ Johnson said.
‘If you look at David’s form, because the article is about him. His form in England wasn’t great. So you sort of go that’s not picking someone on form.
I’ve written good articles about David as well. I’ve always said that I’m a very different thinker. I’m not a traditional cricket player. I didn’t play a lot at a young age.
‘I didn’t grow up with it as much as others. I always questioned things and had a different thought process.
‘And I probably was set off by receiving a message from him [Bailey] at odd hours in the morning and him not showing the respect to make a phone call. That’s pretty much that.’
Triple M – who also have Warner’s wife Candice on their books – has been contacted for comment by Daily Mail Australia.