Mitchell Johnson takes credit for David Warner’s 164 runs in first innings against Pakistan

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has renewed his criticism of opener David Warner, even after Warner’s impressive 164-run performance in the first innings of the Perth Test against Pakistan.

Johnson’s latest remarks add fuel to the ongoing feud between the two cricketers, stemming from a controversy before the first Test of the Australian summer. The tension escalated when Johnson expressed disapproval of Cricket Australia allowing Warner to select his farewell Test match.

In a scathing column for the West Australian, following Warner’s dismissal for a duck in the second innings, Johnson stated that Warner was lucky in the first innings.

“On the opening day of the initial Test against Pakistan, Warner had some early luck it could have turned out differently. Despite that, he seized the opportunity and scored an impressive 164,” Johnson wrote.

“He performed his duty in the first innings, as expected, but faced disappointment with a duck on Saturday in the second innings,” he added.

Johnson further stated that Warner excels when faced with criticism, justifying his harsh words and even taking credit for David’s magnificent century.

“Even though Warner denies being affected by criticism, it undeniably motivates him, as evident from his performance in the first innings. He thrives in that kind of challenging atmosphere,” he wrote.

Warner’s innings contributed significantly to Australia’s imposing total of 487, setting the stage for a challenging target of 450 runs for Pakistan in the fourth innings. 

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has once again criticized opener David Warner, despite Warner’s impressive performance in the first innings of the Perth Test against Pakistan. The ongoing feud between the two cricketers started before the first Test of the Australian summer and escalated when Johnson expressed disapproval of Warner being allowed to select his farewell Test match. In a scathing column for the West Australian, Johnson claimed that Warner was lucky in the first innings and only performed as expected. However, he also acknowledged that Warner thrives under criticism and credited him for his magnificent century. Warner’s innings contributed significantly to Australia’s total of 487, setting a challenging target for Pakistan in the fourth innings.

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