I am going to be just as ruthless and lethal in the ODI series, says Mitchell Johnson

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“I think you can still be as intimidating with the white ball so it doesn’t change a thing for me”

Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced that he is going to be just as ruthless and lethal during the ongoing ODI series against England.

Johnson’s comments come after he annihilated England’s batting line-up during the recently concluded Ashes series, where he took 37 wickets at a jaw-dropping average of 13.97.

“I proved that in the last one-day series in India and in England,” Johnson said. “You can still use your short-pitched ball and be aggressive. I really enjoy bowling with the white ball, I think it swings a lot more and I think you can still be as intimidating with the white ball so it doesn’t change a thing for me.

“It definitely makes a difference, being able to be a bowler that can bowl at that 150 mark. It definitely helps with the intimidation factor.

“There’s more to it than that, just bowling fast. One-day cricket is a very skilful game and I’ll be looking to use my skills in the one-day format.”

Johnson also shaved off his iconic ‘mo’ after raising £20,000 for charity.

However, he revealed that it would be back for Australia’s tour of South Africa, which is scheduled to get underway next month.

“No, just feels a bit strange,” he said when asked if he was pleased to get rid of the ‘mo’. “I’m looking in the mirror, it just doesn’t feel right at the moment, but I’ll be growing the mo back, it’s on its way there now. For South Africa it will definitely be there.

“If I look back at the Ashes series and the mo, it definitely was intimidating at times. That’s why I’m probably going to grow it for the Test series.

“I mean I miss it a little bit because it was with me for that good period of time, but the wife was very happy to shave it off. She doesn’t like mos.

“I was able to get a nice kiss out of the wife.”

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