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Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced that England “are dreaming if they think they are not under pressure”.
Johnson’s comments come after Australia thrashed England by 112 runs in the ODI tri-series final in Perth.
“Every team is under pressure. It is a World Cup,” Johnson was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “I think they [England] are dreaming if they think they are not under pressure.
“It’s a knockout situation and you have to win pretty much every game, that is the way I see it. We will try to win all the games we play in, there will be a little bit more pressure on us being a home World Cup but we are prepared for that.”
Johnson also noted that he is looking to perform against every single side Australia play during the World Cup.
“It feels nice against any team, to be honest, when you can go out there and perform at your best and do the job that you have been put in the team for,” Johnson said. “My job is to go out there and bowl fast and be aggressive and take wickets and I felt like I was pretty close to that and that excites me. I was really looking forward to playing some cricket again, the more I play the better I feel.”
Johnson added that he can be just as intimidating in ODIs as he is in Tests.
“I think at times, yeah, definitely using that short ball worked for me [on Sunday],” he said. “You have to adapt. Sometimes it is not going to work as much and I have to go to plan B or keep trying. I am a fast bowler who loves to bowl fast and I don’t mind bowling that short ball and that’s what I have always tried to do in all forms of the game.”