Mitchell Johnson caught in brutal moment as David Warner's century silences critics

The former Australian fast bowler was stitched up by broadcasters during David Warner's superb innings.

Mitchell Johnson was savagely thrown under the bus by cricket broadcasters as throughout David Warner's immense innings he was shown looking displeased. Image: Getty
Mitchell Johnson was savagely thrown under the bus by cricket broadcasters, with the camera panning to him on multiple occasions throughout David Warner's immense innings looking displeased. Image: Getty

Mitchell Johnson was stitched up by cricket broadcasters throughout David Warner's superb innings, with cameras panning to the former Aussie quick on multiple occasions. Warner's 164 on Thursday silenced the doubters and helped guide Australia to 5-346 against Pakistan on day one of the first Test in Perth.

The former Australian fast bowler raised eyebrows across the cricket world after launching a scathing attack on Warner in an article for the West Australian, where he claimed the Aussie opener didn't deserve a "hero's farewell" and labelled his plans for a dream SCG Test sendoff against Pakistan as "arrogant". Many questions were raised over Warner's place in the team in recent months but he silenced the doubters with a huge score in the first innings of the Test summer.

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Johnson was initially meant to not be in the commentary box for the Perth Test but Triple M gave him the all-clear. During the first session, Johnson became a target for the broadcast team. It all began in the sixth over when Warner middled a fuller delivery from Khurram Shazad that beat mid-off and raced away to the boundary.

As the ball ran away to the rope, the Channel 7 cameras panned to the Triple M commentary box to show Johnson reacting with a slight grin. "Mitchell Johnson looked as though he liked it. From a radio box not too far from here. Interesting lead up to the match," Tim Lane said on Channel 7's coverage.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: David Warner of Australia celebrates after scoring a century during day one of the Men's First Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Optus Stadium on December 14, 2023 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
David Warner's superb 164 helped guide Australia to 5-346 against Pakistan after day one of action in Perth on Thursday. Image: Getty

Throughout Warner's innings, Johnson was shown on multiple occasions and found himself on the end of some playful jabs from his fellow broadcasting partner amid his ongoing war of words with the Aussie opener. Triple M's James Brayshaw joked that Johnson had been keeping a low profile prior to the Test summer asking his commentary partner if he had been up to much lately.

"Now I haven’t seen you in the lead-up to this game Johnno. Anything been going on?" Brayshaw asked. "Not really? Keeping a low profile?" Johnson simply replied: "Nah all good here in the West. The sun's been shining mate." Social media users were quick to point out how funny it was that Johnson was being shown every time Warner played a good shot.

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After notching his century Warner exploded into an intense celebration before making a shushing motion in the direction of the Optus Stadium media area, a spot where his harshest critic over the last couple of months was sitting. Warner after the match said he remains focused on doing his job, which is scoring runs.

"People make comments but you get on with it and you know you've got to go out there and score runs, and today I did that," Warner said. "If people are out to get you or make a headline from your name, then so be it.

"I can't worry about that. I've got to worry about what I've got to do for the team - keep scoring runs and putting the team in a great position," he said. "I don't feel any extra pressure, I don't feel any other points I have to prove."

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