Mitchell Johnson gave a clear example of the fierce Australian fast bowling attack as he twice claimed wicket of the first ball of a new spell on Friday © Getty Images (File Photo)
Mitchell Johnson gave a clear example of the fierce Australian fast bowling attack as he twice claimed wicket of the first ball of a new spell on Friday © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 12, 2014

Working hard in the tough desert conditions at Dubai, Mitchell Johnson is trying to dismiss the batsmen as soon as possible on the field as they step out to bat.

With an average of 38.00 and claiming four wickets in the recently concluded tri-series in Zimbabwe involving South Africa as well, he has boosted his confidence as he already claimed six victims in the first two ODIs against Pakistan with an average of 10.66.

Johnson is well aware and has his eye set on the World Cup early next year on his home soil. However, he is currently focusing on the Test series scheduled to begin from October 22 where he aims to be the aggressor for Australia in the Arabian soil.

“The way I’ve been used as a bowler in recent times has really suited the way that I’ve bowled,” Johnson said after Australia beat Pakistan in the 2nd ODI by five-wickets.

“Early on I still missed bowling the longer spells, getting into that really good rhythm. But I’ve been able to change the way I think and just go out there and try and use the conditions and my weapons the best I can. I’ve been able to do that in this series. I wasn’t able to do that so much in the last series in Zimbabwe,” added Johnson.

Back in 2002, Andy Bichel who was in a good form had to be placed saline after suffering severe dehydration during a Test match in Sharjah against Pakistan.

“I’m pretty happy to go the short spells again, especially in these hot conditions,” said Johnson.

“You’ll find most of the bowlers will probably be used in sport spells over here. I did speak to Andy Bichel through email about playing over here. He gave me a few tips: stay hydrated, make sure you get yourself right on the day before,” Johnson added.

Johnson gave a clear example of the fierce Australian fast bowling attack as he twice claimed wicket of the first ball of a new spell on Friday.

“I’m there to try and be the aggressor, bowl and hit the wicket hard and bowl those bouncers. On those wickets, things don’t change for me.” Johnson said.

Johnson also made it clear that he won’t calm down after the World Cup and would set his sights clear and straight on to the Ashes that would get underway following the mega-event.

“I don’t listen to age, I don’t believe in all that. They say that you’re supposed to shorten your run-up as well the older you get, and I’ve lengthened it. The role that I’ve got is short spells and I find it just gets the best out of me. I don’t know how long I’ll go for; don’t know how long this form will keep going for,” he said.

“The game is up and down … at the moment I’m on that high peak. But I’ve been in these situations before. I’ve been able to learn from these experiences and from past players that have been in this same situation,” he added.

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