Cricket legend Mitchell Johnson has lashed out at cruel trolls who apparently attacked him over the colour of his hair.
The Australian fast bowler took to Instagram to hit back at followers he said had peppered him with negative comments over his dark locks.
Sharing a picture of his black hair, Johnson insisted he hadn’t been using any dyes on his hair and would happily embrace his natural shade if he started to turn grey.
“I’ve been getting msg’s about being so gray & old, well I am getting old like all of us do (sic),” he said.
“I would definitely embrace the silver fox look as it would be a normal/natural thing but not gray just yet,”
Johnson, who has been open about his mental health struggles in the past, asked his fans to think twice before attacking him online.
“I can handle myself on social media & this doesn’t bother me but so many can’t deal with being criticised or bullied online. Think before you write a comment about someone’s appearance, you have no idea what they are going through & how it can affect them,” he said.
“Just remember before you comment, would you say that to a strangers face?”
Erin McNaught, who appeared alongside Johnson in SAS Australia last year, was among those to offer applause emojis to him on Instagram.
Meanwhile, fellow cricketer Matthew Hayden also offered his support.
“Still a bit green but definitely not gray. Love ya mate. Haydos,” he wrote.
Johnson has spoken previously about how being taunted by England cricket fans had triggered his struggle with depression.
Appearing on last year’s SAS Australia, he told how his confidence was dented during the 2009 Ashes campaign.
“I bowled a bit all over the place. And that’s where the Barmy Army started, ‘Bowls to the left, bowls to the right, Mitchell Johnson your bowling is shite’,” he said.
“The media, the Barmy Army really did get to me. I was singing the song in my head when I was playing — so emotionally it had a massive impact on me, and I just sort of fell apart.”Internet Explorer Channel Network