Australian cricketer David Warner broke his silence on former pacer Mitchell Johnson’s scathing over his Test farewell. The veteran batter has decided to not fuel the ongoing controversy with his comments. He expressed that Mitchell Johnson is ‘entitled to his opinion’.
The former Australian cricketer, in a column for The West Australian, questioned if Warner has done enough in the format recently to get to decide his own retirement date. He also spoke about the left-handed batter’s involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering saga in South Africa. Johnson later expressed that his comments were prompted by David Warner’s ‘bad message’ earlier this year. However, Warner doesn’t want to extend the controversy.
“It wouldn’t be a summer without a headline, would it?” Warner said at the launch of Fox Cricket’s summer coverage.
“It is what it is. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions. Moving forward, we’re looking forward to a nice Test over in the west,” added David Warner.
My parents ingrained that into me: David Warner
David Warner further expressed that he has opted to dodge criticism and has learned from his parents to fight and work hard every day. He also added that along with criticism there is also a lot of appreciation. David Warner said,
“My parents ingrained that into me. They taught me every day to fight and work hard. When you go onto the world stage and you don’t realise what comes with that, it’s a lot of media, a lot of criticism but a lot of positive.”
“I think what’s more important is what you see here today, the people coming out to support cricket,” he added.
David Warner is likely to play his final Test match for Australia in the third Test against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He has played 109 Tests for the country so far, scoring 8487 runs at an average of 44.43, including 25 centuries.