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Nov 28, 2013
Australia’s bowling coach Craig McDermott has asked his pacers to take inspiration from the legendary West Indian fast bowling attack and bounce out the England tail enders in the Ashes 2013-14.
”We wanted to turn up the heat on the tail-end. It was no different to what the West Indies did to us for 15 years. The rules state that we are allowed to bowl two bouncers per over, so why not use the rules? It really worked quite well. Mitchell Johnson, in particular was bowling very quick. Him around the wicket at tailenders makes them very uncomfortable. His short pitched bowling was exceptional,” McDermott was quoted as saying by The Courier Mail.
Australia’s short-pitched bowling got the better of the English batsmen and Johnson in particular looked threatening to rip through the batting. According to a report in English press, one of the England tail-enders told his partner on reaching the crease: “Right, I’m not f****** facing Mitchell Johnson.”
McDermott believes, at Adelaide, reverse swing will come into play and Johnson will be threatening even in that aspect.
“His reverse bowling will be very handy in Adelaide and at that pace, it will be very hard to track. From where I sit, the time out of the game away from the Australian team has served Mitchell very well. It wasn’t just in the Gabba Test, he has been bowling well for the last six months in one-day and T20 cricket. He just had to convert his bowling with the white ball back into the red ball.
“He has got it all together and he is much more content with himself. He is not worried about what people are saying or what the Barmy Army is singing,” McDermott said about Johnson.
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