The Ashes: Haddin relieved at not facing speed demon Johnson
Sydney: Veteran Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is reportedly happy at being on the same team as his fast bowling teammate Mitchell Johnson, who, he claimed was bowling as fast as 155km/h at the Ashes opener in Gabba.
Johnson, who clocked at more than 150km/h in Australia`s recent one-day series in India, claimed nine wickets in the 381-run win in the first Ashes Test and, winding up with his lethal short ball, left England batsmen shaken.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Haddin said that although the speed gun in Brisbane had shown the left-armer not quite tipping over the 150 km/h mark, he believes that it was as fast as he had seen Johnson bowl since he played with him 18 months ago, adding that Johnson has shown very good pace.
The report mentioned that Haddin and Johnson combined for a match-turning partnership with the bat in Australia`s first innings at the Gabba, and both were among the runs in the second innings, but it was the paceman`s brutality with the ball that England may find difficult to forget.
Haddin further quipped that it is no `fun` facing Johnson in the nets, while they faced him at training leading up to the Gabba Test when Johnson was trying to get ready.