Mitchell Johnson has taken only 11 wickets in the series so far © Getty Images
Mitchell Johnson has taken only 11 wickets in the series so far © Getty Images

Alastair Cook, England captain believes that his team’s attacking attitude helped to bland and calm down Mitchell Johnson and other Australian bowlers. This brought pressure on Johnson and he could not deliver his best. Cook also said that the English conditions particularly those in Trent Bridge helped the team immensely. Going back; Australia were not able to play Stuart Broad (who had figures of 8/15 in the Test) and submitted to the English bowlers at a paltry score of 60. In 2013-14 Ashes Johnson had performed brilliantly; he took 37 wickets in that series and Australians did a clean sweep of the series. However, Johnson was never seen comfortable in the current Ashes series and has only 11 wickets to show in the first four tests. READ: England must cope with Mitchell Johnson better in Ashes 2015, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook in a conversation with cricket.com.au said, “We’ve played him [Mitchell Johnson] a bit better. On the whole, we think we’ve played him very well, played all their bowlers pretty well – and we’ve scored at a good rate. We might have lost wickets as the game has moved forward but our scoring rate has been impressive. They haven’t managed to tie us down as well as we’ve managed to do with them.”

On Joe Root’s resurgence Cook said, “He’s improved leaps and bounds. I’ve never seen a player improve like that. He kind of bats the same way in Test matches as he does in one-dayers. To not have to change your game much to play different formats can only be a good thing. That’s a huge credit to Joe. It’s a pleasure to watch him.” ALSO READ: Alastair Cook becomes the first player to be part of 50 test wins for England