Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke feels Mitchell Johnson might have a beef with David Warner, considering the recent comments. He expressed that former cricketers are entitled to their opinions, but should refrain from personal attacks. His comments came in the light of Mitchell Johnson criticizing David Warner over his ‘farewell’ Test series.
In his recent column for The West Australian, Mitchell Johnson launched a scathing attack on David Warner over his ‘farewell’ Test series. He asked if Warner deserves a farewell series, and also spoke about the opener’s involvement in the sandpaper scandal. Micheal Clarke shared his thoughts on Mitchell Johnson’s criticism. Speaking on Big Sports Breakfast, he said,
“Yeah (that’s why I wonder if) maybe I’ve missed something here … Mitch hasn’t played for years now so maybe there is a beef, I don’t know. When you’re in a role like this … if you have an opinion and it’s based on what’s best for the team, or your experience, then go with that. But it should never be personal. I try not to make it personal and if it comes across that way you try and apologise for that because you don’t want that.”
Not everyone is best friends: Michael Clarke
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke further expressed that not all teammates are friends. He acknowledged that both Johnson and Warner are strong characters. However, he didn’t think that they had a problem with each other. Michael Clarke said,
“In every sporting team. Not everybody gets on. Not everyone is best friends. Dave is a strong character, Mitch is a strong character, (and they) went hard at each other in the nets. I saw that but couldn’t sit here and say they had beef against one another when we played.”
Mitchell Johnson represented Australia from 2005-2015, taking 590 International wickets across all formats, including 10 wicket hauls. Meanwhile, David Warner has scored 18313 runs at an average of 42.39, with 48 centuries in International cricket.