Mitchell Johnson reveals what sparked explosive Warner takedown, blasts Australia selector’s ‘disgusting, infantile’ dig


Two days after his freakishly vicious attack on former teammate and current Australia opener David Warner, which created fairly a stir in world cricket, Mitchell Johnson has revealed what sparked his staggering column in opposition to the Aussie star. Speaking on his Mitchell Johnson Cricket Show podcast with broadcaster Bharat Sundaresan, the West Australian additionally blasted Australian selector George Bailey for his response to the article, calling his assertion a “childish” and “disgusting” dig.

Mitchell Johnson reveals what sparked David Warner assault

Johnson didn’t retract from the scathing assault he launched at Warner and quite revealed that all of it started when he had obtained a “quite personal” message again in April from the Australia batter in response to a column he wrote after Warner’s spouse Candice defended her husband’s place within the Test group on Fox Sport’s program, The Back Page. Johnson didn’t reveal any particulars of the message from Warner however admitted that it, alongside along with his batter wanting a farewell Test in Sydney led to him writing his column.

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“People have touched on it, (that) there seems to be a personal side to it, which there is as well. But when I’ve written my articles, I’ve always tried to do it in a way that I can back things up … it is my opinion, it is only an opinion piece. This one was a difficult one to do … when I wrote it, I knew it was probably going to get a bit of attention,” he stated.

“I tried to ring (Warner) to talk to him about it, which I’ve always been open about with the guys,” Johnson added whereas speaking about Warner’s eight-month previous message. “It was never a personal thing then. Until that point. That is what prompted me to write the article, or part of it, as well. It’s definitely a factor. Some of the things that he mentioned in that message, I won’t say it because that’s up to Dave to say if he wants to talk about it, (but) there was some stuff in there, which was extremely disappointing … and pretty bad to be honest.”

The 42-year-old additionally revealed that he was harm by the feedback made by Bailey in response to the column on Warner, saying that the Australian selector focused his psychological well being points he has endured. The 2015 World Cup-winning quick bowler had stated that Bailey is just too near the members of the Australian group to make goal and hard calls.

On Sunday, whereas naming the squad for the Pakistan Test sequence, Bailey responded to the allegations made by Johnson saying, “I’ve been sent little snippets of it – I hope he’s OK”.

“To ask if I’m okay because I’ve had mental health issues is pretty much downplaying my article and putting it on mental health, which is quite disgusting, I think,” Johnson stated. “It’s basically having a dig at someone’s mental health and saying that I must have something going on, a mental health issue has made me say what I have said. That’s not the truth. That’s completely the opposite. I’m actually clear-minded.”

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