Mitchell Johnson: I can cope with sledging now

Mitchell Johnson had initially struggled to deal with taunts from the crowd and chants by the Barmy Army © Getty Images

Aug 31, 2013

Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has said that sledging does not have an impact on him and he likes to take it in his stride.

Johnson has made no secret of his initial struggle to deal with taunts from crowd and chants by the Barmy Army.

“Now I’ve moved on and passed all that and I know what to expect now,” he said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

“I wouldn’t say I enjoy copping stick every night,” said Johnson.

“But I just go out there and play and it’s all a part of the game. I don’t think I’d cope as much flak as I did if I didn’t perform well. I’ve had moments where I haven’t performed well but I think in general, I cope with it because I think there’s a bit of worry there. They know I can bowl that quicker ball and rip through sides.”

After conceding 17 runs from the first over in Australia’s 39-run win over England, Johnson responded well to finish with figures of  two for 41 on a pitch that heavily favoured the batsman in Southampton.