Johnson lambasts England’s batsmen for deliberately backing away

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“I won’t back down if it happens again”

Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has lambasted England’s batsmen for deliberately backing away as a ploy to upset the rhythm of the national team’s pace bowlers.

Johnson noted that he expects England to use the same tactic in the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

“That’s how they play the game and have always played the game since I’ve been playing,” Johnson said. “It’s always happened so I don’t think they’ll change.

“It definitely is frustrating when it happens all the time but that’s part of the game, it’s part of their tactics.”

Johnson recalled his on-field spat with England batsman Kevin Pietersen after he backed away when the left-arm seamer was about to bowl.

However, Johnson admitted that it was wrong of him to have hurled the ball at Pietersen.

“The only thing I regret is throwing the ball,” he said. “I think that was probably a little bit inappropriate but the rest of it was fine. I just let (Pietersen) know that he needed to stop doing it.

“The sight screens are big enough, he should be watching the game. I won’t back down if it happens again.”

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