David Warner does not deserve to be sent off as a hero, Australian legend raises questions
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has targeted David Warner over the upcoming farewell Test series against Pakistan and questioned why he is being given a hero's farewell when he played a role in the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has hit out at David Warner over the upcoming farewell Test series against Pakistan and raised questions as to why the left-handed opening batsman is being given a hero's farewell despite the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal. He played a role in. Let us tell you that Warner had earlier said that he wants to end his Test career when Australia faces Pakistan in the third and final match of the series at the SCG in January 2024. Warner was named in Australia's 14-man squad for the first Test against Pakistan. The first Test will start on December 14 at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
Johnson wrote in his column for 'The West Australian' that as we prepare for David Warner's farewell series, can anyone tell me why this is? Why does a struggling Test opening batsman have to name his retirement date and why should a player at the center of one of the biggest scandals in Australian cricket history be given a hero's farewell?
Johnson delved into Warner's involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa in Cape Town, which meant the opening batsman was banned for 12 months. Although Warner was not alone in Sandpapergate, he was a senior member of the team at the time. He said that some people will never be able to forget the Sandpapergate scandal.
In this year's Ashes, Warner scored only 285 runs in five Test matches at an average of 28.50. His Test average is 44.43 but has only averaged 31.79 since the start of 2020. Johnson has also aimed at Warner's poor recent form in Tests as well as chief selector George Bailey.
Johnson said that yes, his overall record is good and some people say he is one of our greatest opening batsmen. But, while his last three years in Test cricket have been mediocre, his batting average is so poor that even a tailender would be happy.
Granted, he scored a double-century against South Africa at the MCG last summer, but those were the only runs he had scored in years. It was his only time to reach 50 in his last 17 Test innings while leading in this year's Ashes series.