Bouncer barrage will continue, says Mitchell Johnson

"I've been bowling very aggressive for the last 18 months and I'm not going to change that"

“I’ve been bowling very aggressive for the last 18 months and I’m not going to change that”

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Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that his bouncer barrage will continue during the upcoming Test series against India.

The topic of bouncers has been widely discussed following Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’ death.

“We’ve got to play the way that we’ve been playing and that’s been aggressive,” Johnson said. “That’s the way I’ve always played the game and if that’s bowling the short ball like we have been, then that’s how we’ll do it. We’ll assess the conditions obviously, but we’re not going to change a thing.

“I’ve been bowling very aggressive for the last 18 months and I’m not going to change that. I’m not sure. It might be different (reaction) this time. I haven’t hit anyone yet so I don’t know how I’m going to feel.”

Johnson also revealed that he was hesitant to return to training after attending Hughes’ funeral last week.

“Everyone is different and for my first session it was a case of just getting back into it,” he said. “I didn’t bowl a bouncer until late in the first session, the more I’ve bowled the better I’ve felt.

“It’s going to be an emotional morning and for me going out there and bowling the first spell might be the most difficult. Then we might just get into the game a bit more but I think mentally, we’ve had a few training sessions and the vibe’s good.”

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