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“I think it’s worked for us”
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced that England have been “rattled” by all the sledging they have been subjected to in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Johnson added that Australia will not cut down on their verbal taunts during the second Test in Adelaide, which gets underway on December 5.
Johnson’s comments come after Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for telling England pace bowler James Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm”.
“I think it’s worked for us. I definitely think they’re rattled by it,” Johnson said. “They don’t like it at all. Obviously their coach has come out and wanted a truce from what I’ve heard. That’s not going to change from our end.
“It was pretty quiet the whole match until sort of closer to the end and we know there’s definitely tension there, there always has been. I thought it was really good what Michael did as a captain, that’s what you want your captain to do, to stand up for the players and that’s what he did.
“It was really exciting to see. It just happened to be that the stump mike was up at that time. There were obviously other things that were said that weren’t heard. It was nothing unusual. But I was really happy with how he stood up for the team.”
Johnson, who was awarded the Man of the Match award for his nine wickets in the first Test, also conceded that he was extremely surprised to hear about England batsman Jonathan Trott’s stress-related illness and wished him a full and speedy recovery.
“It was a real shock for me,” Johnson said. “It can be tough at times when it’s not going so well. You start to think about every little thing that’s going on in your life when you should be focusing on one thing. It seems maybe he’s thinking that way at the moment, and just needs to just get away from the game.
“For me, when I had my toe injury, it was great to get away to freshen up mentally. I just wish Trott the best. Hopefully he can come back later in the tour or in the future, because he’s a great player for England and he’s done exceptionally well.”