Former Australian cricket team captain Ricky Ponting has offered to mediate the ongoing feud between former teammates David Warner and Mitchell Johnson. The controversy began when Johnson claimed in his column that Warner’s selection for the Test series against Pakistan was not based on his form, but rather because he announced his retirement after the series. This led to a war of words between the two players, with other colleagues also getting involved.
Ponting believes it’s time for him to step in and resolve the issue. Instead of letting the feud play out in the media, he wants to bring Warner and Johnson together for a face-to-face conversation. Ponting acknowledged that both players have strong personalities and that the issue dates back to the Ashes selection six to eight months ago. He believes it’s important for them to sit down and discuss their grievances in person.
“I have to get in between these two guys at some stage… I think I need to be the mediator and get them both in a room and let them have it out rather than playing it out in the media. They’re both pretty feisty characters and we know this issue that’s come up now goes back six or eight months, back to the Ashes selection. That’s where it all started. It sounds like an issue that’s gone on without either of them sitting down and having a face-to-face conversation. I’d like to see that happen,” Ponting said.
In addition to the selection controversy, Johnson also criticized Warner for not taking responsibility for the infamous ball-tampering scandal that occurred five years ago. Johnson questioned why Warner is being given a farewell series if he hasn’t owned up to his actions.
Ponting’s offer to mediate comes as a potential solution to the ongoing conflict between Warner and Johnson. As a respected figure in Australian cricket, Ponting’s involvement could help facilitate a conversation that leads to resolution and reconciliation between the two players.
Topics mentioned in this article include former Australian cricket team captain Ricky Ponting, David Warner, Mitchell Johnson, and the ongoing feud between the two players.