Fast bowling has always been about ‘intimidating’ your opponent, says Mitchell Johnson

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“If you can bowl a ball at someone’s grille, I don’t care who you are you’re going to feel intimidated”

Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has defended his aggressive approach, stating that fast bowling has always been about “intimidating” your opponent.

Johnson has tormented the England batsmen throughout the first two Tests, taking 17 wickets at a jaw-dropping average of 12.70.

“That’s fast bowling, isn’t it?” Johnson said. “Throughout history, it’s all about intimidating.

“If you can bowl a ball at someone’s grille, I don’t care who you are you’re going to feel intimidated – and especially on a wicket like Perth.

“I like the idea that being a fast bowler – you can be aggressive and intimidate.”

Johnson also had some words for England batsman Joe Root after sledging him during the second Test in Adelaide.

“It can go either way,” Johnson said. “You can either be a bit lippy or give a little smile here and there can make the batsman think.

“Joe Root, we saw in Brisbane, came back with a few words and I thought I had cracked him there.

“Some people call it sledging, I just call it mind games.

“It’s a cute little smile he’s got. I didn’t mind giving him one back as well.”

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