David Warner defends ‘shush’ celebration against critics during Aus vs Pak 1st test

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Warner not bothered by Johnson criticism after century

Warner scored his 26th Test century, finishing with 164 runs as Australia ended the opening day with a total of 346 for 5 on a challenging pitch. The batsman had been the subject of criticism from former player Mitchell Johnson, but brushed off the remarks and celebrated his century with a subtle “shush” gesture.

In post-play comments, Warner addressed the criticism, stating that negative headlines don’t affect him and emphasizing that he is allowed to celebrate in his own way. When asked about the strained relationship with Johnson, Warner referenced former Australia coach Justin Langer’s comments about public praise and private criticism.

This century was Warner’s third since January 2020 and ended a 16-inning drought without a hundred. He attributed his return to form to a settling of off-field issues following his captaincy ban appeal last year. Warner emphasized that the team has achieved success and is in a good position moving forward, despite the challenges of the pitch.

Overall, Warner expressed satisfaction with his current form and the team’s progress but noted that there is still work to be done in the ongoing series.

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