Mitchell Johnson: “Psychological warfare” important

In a new DVD titled ‘Mitchell Johnson: Bouncing Back’, the fast bowler has said that if aggression is channelled well then it can yield great results.

As reported by Zee News, Johnson, who has been troubled India with his pace and also with the bat, has spoken about the importance of instilling fear in the minds of the rival team.

“Sometimes we try and say things that hopefully get into the batsmen’s heads a little bit. We try to get them to think about their feet, or just let them know you are going to bowl another short ball. It’s all mind games,” said Johnson.

The tearaway fast bowler, who has tormented England in the last Ashes, was involved in an on-field altercation with the Indians in the second Test in Brisbane.

He was also quoted as saying, “Sometimes it might look a little different on TV. It might look as if we’re going a bit too hard at each other, and sometimes it could be a bit over the top. But we’re always trying to stay inside the guidelines.”

Johnson scored a quick-fire 88 in the first innings and then came back and took four wickets to help Australia win the Brisbane Test, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.