‘I couldn’t have asked for a better start’, says Mitchell Johnson

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“There’s a long way to go and we know that England are going to come back hard”

Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has admitted that he “couldn’t have asked for a better start” in the Ashes after taking nine wickets in the first Test in Brisbane.

Johnson recorded his eighth five-wicket haul in the second innings as Australia went on to dominate England by 381 runs.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Johnson told Sky Sports. “All the guys had big performances throughout this Test match. We wanted to go 1-0 up here in ‘Brissy’. We know last time what happened, so it’s a very nice start. But that’s all it is.

“Being 1-0 up was the plan. But it’s only the start of the series, not the end. There’s a long way to go and we know that England are going to come back hard.

“We’ve got to enjoy this moment; we haven’t won for a while. We went in there (the dressing room) and sung the team song, which was so enjoyable. Everyone is happy.”

However, Johnson didn’t only help Australia with the ball as he scored 64 crucial runs in the first innings when his side were looking down and out at 132/6.

“It definitely gives you that confidence (scoring runs),” he said. “But I’ve got that confidence and belief in myself, so if I do miss out with the bat it’s not a big deal. My main job is to go out there and bowl well.”

Johnson also revealed that he was “not listening” to the ‘Barmy Army’ throughout the Test match.

“I was pretty relaxed – as in not listening to them,” he said. “I had to go down there at fine leg and listen to them. I think through this whole Test match they were pretty quiet. I think that’s going up and down during the series, but hopefully it’s more down.”

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