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Mitchell Johnson aims to re-open England `scars`

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said he hoped England would be feeling the effect of "scars" from the last Ashes series following a hostile burst during the second Test at Lord`s on Friday.

Mitchell Johnson aims to re-open England `scars`

London: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said he hoped England would be feeling the effect of "scars" from the last Ashes series following a hostile burst during the second Test at Lord`s on Friday.

Johnson took two wickets for one run in seven balls to get rid of Gary Ballance and Joe Root as Australia ripped through England`s top order after tea on the second day. 

By stumps, England captain Alastair Cook (21 not out) and Ben Stokes (38 not out) had taken their side from 30 for four to 85 for four.

That still left England a mammoth 481 runs adrift of Australia`s first innings 566 for eight declared, which featured Steven Smith`s 215 and another personal Test-best score in opener Chris Rogers`s 173.

Johnson took 37 wickets at under 14 apiece as Australia whitewashed England 5-0 on home soil during the last Ashes campaign in 2013/14.

He was far less effective when, on a typically low and slow Cardiff pitch, he returned match figures of two for 180 during England`s 169-run win in the first Test last week.

But Johnson was a different proposition on a livelier surface at Lord`s.

Asked if he had re-opened old wounds, Johnson said: "I hope so. That`d be nice, to have those scars come back out.

"Nothing`s changed for me. It`s always nice to go out there and perform and to bowl at good pace.

"The ball`s been swinging over here too and I`ve really enjoyed that. When the ball swings at good pace it makes it a little more difficult."

Johnson, having been on the receiving end of plenty of taunts from England fans, couldn`t resist a dig of his own as he questioned whether the home side would stick with their much-talked about commitment to attacking cricket under their new Australian coach, Trevor Bayliss.

"We were hoping they would come out and play the aggressive brand they`ve been talking about.

"We hope they come out in the morning and do the same thing."

Johnson added: "I guess Stokes is a very aggressive player anyway so we`d like to see him play some shots and hopefully get a couple of quick wickets in the morning.

"I can`t decide for them, if they want to play aggressive cricket or if they want to go the other way."

England paceman Stuart Broad said a lack of concentration was to blame for the batting collapse. 

"It`s always a tricky period when you`ve conceded a lot of runs to then go out and bat for 30 overs," said Broad, who took four for 83 in Australia`s first innings.

"It`s always a big test for you and I think mentally we didn`t switch on for 20 minutes -- and lost four wickets."

England need a further 282 runs to avoid the follow-on and so ensure Australia bat again in this match.

"We`re hoping for blue sky in the morning and our aim is to get up to that follow-on because if we do Australia will have to bat again, and that takes a lot of time out of the game," said Broad.

"Cooky and Stokesy applied themselves, played their game-plans really well.

"There`s no demons in this wicket. We`ve got 16 wickets left in the Test match, so I certainly expect a couple of big hundreds in there at some stage."

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