Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has advocated for a direct conversation between ex-teammates Mitchell Johnson and David Warner, aiming to resolve their ongoing disagreement. In light of the escalating tension, particularly before the upcoming first Test against Pakistan at Optus Stadium, Ponting has volunteered to mediate between the two, prompted by Johnson's critical remarks in a local publication.
Ponting expressed his intent, stating, "I feel the need to step in between these two at some point... Instead of letting this play out in the media, I believe I should bring them together and facilitate a discussion. They both possess strong personalities, and this issue traces back six to eight months, originating from the Ashes selection. It appears to be a lingering matter that hasn't been addressed through a direct conversation. I strongly advocate for that."
He further defended Warner, emphasizing, "Warner isn't the one instigating discussions about a farewell tour. His primary focus is on performing in the upcoming Perth Test and finishing off his career in Sydney."
Johnson's disapproval surfaced in a column for The West Australian, questioning the rationale behind celebrating Warner's retirement when the left-handed opener hasn't fully addressed his involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal.
In contrast, Warner had previously expressed his desire to retire during Australia's Test match against Pakistan in Sydney in January 2024. Recently, he secured a spot in Australia's 14-player squad for the initial Test against Pakistan at Optus Stadium, commencing on December 14.
(With Agency Inputs)