David Warner's manager James Erskine has hit back at former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson for questioning why the left-handed batsman is being parted ways with the left-handed batsman despite his struggles in red-ball cricket, accusing him of his role in the ball not to acknowledge. manipulation scandal. Warner announced his intention to retire from the Test format earlier this year, stating that he would like to end his career in the red-ball format at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Writing for The West Australian, Johnson said Warner's current form and his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, known as the 'Sandpaper Gate', do not warrant him being given a “hero send-off”.
“As we prepare for David Warner's farewell series, can someone please tell me why? Why is a struggling Test opener allowed to name his own retirement date? And why does a player at the center of one of the biggest scandals in Australian cricket history justify the farewell of a hero?” wrote Johnson.
Erskine hit back at Johnson, stating that questioning Warner's selection does not make sense and said, as quoted from The Sydney Morning Herald: “Let me tell you, anyone can get a head. The fact is that [Warner’s selection] just makes sense. The tree [replacement] will be candidates [Matthew] Renshaw, [Cameron] Bancroft – who has played quite well in the Sheffield Shield – and [Marcus] Harris. Now they have all had spells that have opened the batting for Australia.”
He further pointed out that the trio of Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft and Matthew Renshaw had managed to claim just one century between them in 38 Test outings and that their combined average was somewhere in the mid-twenties.
Hew backed Warner's performance, stating that he scored a half-century in his final Test innings in the Ashes and was the leading run-scorer for the Baggy Greens in the ODI World Cup, Erskine.
“David is in good form. Thank God Mitchell Johnson is not a Test selector,” Erskine said.
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