Johnson vows to continue bowling short-pitched after thumping win over England
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 24, 2013, 19:39
  
Johnson vows to continue bowling short-pitched after thumping win over EnglandBrisbane: Mitchell Johnson Sunday vowed to continue his fearsome short-pitched bowling through the Ashes series after his man-of-the-match performance in Australia`s emphatic win over England at the Gabba.

The left-arm speedster was the difference between the sides with his intimidatory bowling and he finished with nine match wickets for 103, as well as hitting 64 in Australia`s first innings.

Johnson regularly clocked up speeds of almost 150 km/h (93 mph) and often hurled down short-pitched deliveries which unsettled the England batsmen on the bouncy Gabba pitch.

"I like bowling short, especially at the Gabba. I think when you`ve got conditions like that, personally I like bowling the short ball and I think it worked very well," he said.

"I think you can get inside a batsman`s head. It could be a very different wicket down in Adelaide (second Test), but out there (Gabba) it was definitely going through nicely.

"I`ll keep doing it. It`s working."

Johnson, who blasted out Jonathan Trott twice cheaply in the Gabba Test, said he felt fear from the England number three facing him during the match.

"He`s been thinking about the short ball from what I`ve seen in the nets, practising a lot of short ones," Johnson said of Trott.

"There were a couple of nice ones that were zinging past his nose.

"As a fast bowler you give a bit of a stare and have a look into the eyes and ... I don`t know, there might have been a little bit of fear there, maybe. I don`t know, you`d have to ask him that."

England captain Alastair Cook defended Trott, who was one of the batting success stories on the last Ashes series in Australia in 2010/11 with 445 runs at 89.00.

"He`s had a tough game, he knows that. You have to remember that the guy`s class though. He`s had a little blip now in these couple of games but he`s a class player and class players bounce back," Cook said.

"I know he`s been working incredibly hard at the short ball, he`s been trying to work on it in the net sessions, I just think it`s a matter of him trying to take that into the middle.

"Suddenly, when the pressure and emotion of the game is on there. It`s sometimes tough to think as clearly as you need."

It was 32-year-old Johnson`s eighth five-wicket haul in Tests and third against England, taking him to 214 wickets over his career at 30.11 average.

"To get a five-for in a Test match in an Ashes series is an unbelievable feeling," he said.

"All the boys just racing in and getting in a huddle was a great celebration for us. It was just a great moment something I`ll never forget.

"It`s a start, but we need to celebrate tonight because it has been a while"
AFP

First Published: Sunday, November 24, 2013, 19:39


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