Australia and South Africa go head to head in the first of five ODIs beginning on Friday © Getty Images
Australia and South Africa go head to head in the first of five ODIs beginning on Friday © Getty Images

Nov 12, 2014

Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson is keeping up the intensity even in the nets as Steve Smith discovered to his misfortune. Johnson rapped teammate Smith on the gloves in a net session at the WACA in lead up to the ODI series between Australia vs South Africa according to the official Cricket Australia Website.

David Warner had suffered a worse fate than Smith last year when he had his thumb broken by a Johnson thunderbolt, Smith on the other hand finished his net session without much trouble. This could be a sign of things to come when Australia take on South Africa in the ODI series beginning on Friday.

Johnson was quoted saying “I might not have said sorry (to Smith), but I just made sure he’s ok. I did get Davie Warner here a couple of years ago and felt pretty bad about it. I’m not intending to hurt the batters. When I do bowl my short ball, I am trying to practise, but I am not trying to knock their heads off.”

Johnson also alluded to the tension thats traditionally existed between the two sides and is eagerly looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Proteas as he expects it to be a tightly contested series, he said, “Yeah, there’s always tension between the two sides, It’s probably going to be fiery again. But in the end we’re going to play them on skill. That’s what we’re about.”