David Warner expressed his acknowledgment of Mitchell Johnson’s right to hold an opinion and celebrate as he sees fit after responding to criticism with a ‘shush’ gesture following his impressive Test century on the first day against Pakistan at Perth Stadium.
Scoring his 26th Test century and reaching 164 runs, Warner’s performance stood out in Australia’s total of 346 for 5, where no other player surpassed fifty on a challenging pitch.
Facing pre-match scrutiny due to Johnson’s newspaper column, Warner dismissed the criticism emphatically and defended his celebratory gesture, describing it as a “nice little quiet shush” in response to media speculation about him. Unfazed by headline-seeking stories, Warner asserted his right to celebrate in his own way.
When asked about repairing his relationship with Johnson, Warner referred to former Australia coach Justin Langer’s advice to “praise in public and criticize in private.” Despite playing together in victorious World Cup and Ashes campaigns, Warner emphasized Johnson’s entitlement to his opinions as a former player, echoing Langer’s sentiments.
Warner’s century marked his third since January 2020, breaking a 16-inning stretch without reaching three figures. He downplayed technical changes, attributing his improved form to off-field matters settling down after the drama of his captaincy ban appeal with Cricket Australia last summer.
Reflecting on the team’s successful 12 months, Warner highlighted the positive environment, minimizing distractions and allowing him to focus on scoring runs. Read more Google Messages May Soon Let You Edit Texts Like WhatsApp and iMessage
In conclusion, Warner acknowledged external challenges but credited the team’s achievements, emphasizing the favorable position on the pitch despite some missed opportunities. Read this Pakistan Secures Quarter-Final Berth in Junior Hockey World Cup Tournament