Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A massive controversy has cropped up over Australia opener David Warner playing his farewell Test match against Pakistan.

Former Australia batter and current chief selector George Bailey has hit out at former pacer Mitchell Johnson’s criticism on Warner for playing his farewell Test.

Earlier, recollecting about Sandpaper Gate scandal, Johnson has asked why Warner, who ‘has been involved in some of the biggest scandals’ in Australian cricket in the recent past, deserved a farewell Test.  

In response to Johnson’s comments on Warner, Bailey hit him back calling the legendary pacer distant and unaware of what the players are going through.

“I’ve been sent little snippets of it. I hope he’s OK. I’ve got no idea if he is. My only observation would be if someone can show me how being distant and unaware of what players are going through and what the plans are with the team and with the coaching staff, how that’s more beneficial, I’d be all ears,” said Bailey.

Notably, Warner had expressed his desire to end his Test career in Sydney, his home ground, in the final Test of the series against Pakistan.

Warner has represented Australia in 109 Test matches, scoring 8487 runs at an average of 44.33 including 25 hundreds and 36 half-centuries.