'I just don't like this public conversation' - AB de Villiers opens up about David Warner - Mitchell Johnson saga

Amid the ongoing controversy between Mitchell Johnson and David Warner over the latter's involvement in Sandpaper Gate, AB de Villiers requests them to sort it out in private.

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Ahead of his last Test series for Australia, star batter David Warner found himself in the unwanted limelight. The man who has done a lot for Australian cricket has been criticised by his former teammate, Mitchell Johnson.

Johnson, in his recent piece about the preview of the upcoming series, questioned Warner's place in the squad. He also questioned the 'hero's sendoff' to Warner, who was involved in Sandpaper Gate. His comments created a stir among Australian cricketers as everyone suggested both of them sort things out in private. Now, former South African batter AB de Villiers has also echoed the same.

"I just don't like this public conversation between the two of them. Just pick up the phone and sort it out. Ask the guy, Let's go out for a cold drink and sort out the issues. I feel there are some scars from the dressing room, but don't let the world get in on this," De Villiers said in a video on his YouTube channel.

"I feel there's a lot left to come out," says AB de Villiers

Further explaining his comments, De Villiers said that he feels there is a lot to come. He also said that it would have started in the dressing room itself. "They have played a lot of cricket together and have shared the dressing room a lot. So maybe that's where it started," says de Villiers.

"Maybe Mitchell Johnson felt that 'You're a part of a World Cup-winning squad, and now this send-off. You're getting away with a lot that needs to be talked about.' I feel there's a lot still left to come out," he added. Earlier, in his column, Johnson expressed that Warner does not deserve a hero's farewell due to his role in the ball-tampering scandal.

He also raised concerns about the Cricket Australia selection committee opting for Warner as the opening batter despite his subpar performance in red-ball cricket in the past 2-3 years. Meanwhile, acknowledging Warner's formidable presence on the field, De Villiers mentioned that off the field, Warner is genuinely affable.

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