“Thank God he’s not…”: David Warner’s manager hits back at Mitchell Johnson’s comments

David Warner’s manager James Erskine has hit back at former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who questioned why the left-hander is getting a Test bye despite his struggles in red-ball cricket and accused him of not owning his role with the ball. – manipulation scandal. Warner declared his intentions to retire from the Test format earlier this year, saying he would be keen to bring his career in the red-ball format to an end at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Writing in The West Australian, Johnson said Warner’s current form and his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, also known as ‘Sandpaper Gate’, did not justify him being given a “hero’s sending off”.

“As we prepare for David Warner’s farewell series, can someone please tell me why? Why does a struggling Test opener get his own retirement date nominated? And why does a player at the center of one of the biggest scandals in Australian cricket history warrant a hero’s send-off?” Johnson wrote.

Hitting back at Johnson, Erskine said his questioning of Warner’s selection was not logical, saying, as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald, “Let me tell you, anybody can get a headline. The fact is [Warner’s selection] is just logical. The three [replacement] candidates will be [Matthew] Renshaw, [Cameron] Bancroft – who has played quite well in the Sheffield Shield – and [Marcus] Harris. Now they’ve all had spells that open the game for Australia.”

He went on to point out that the trio of Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft and Matthew Renshaw had managed to claim just one century between them in 38 Test tours and their combined average was somewhere in the mid-20s.

Hew endorsed Warner’s performance, stating that he scored a half-century during his last 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.

Australia’s first Test squad:Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Lance Morris, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc and David Warner.

Pakistan squad for Australia Test: Shan Masood (capt), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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