Cricket

Johnson fires first salvo

Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson  

Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson issued a warning to the Indian batsmen saying that they should expect a lot of chin music from the Aussie bowlers during the seven-match ODI series.

“You want chin music, there’ll be a lot of chin music,” Johnson said when asked why the Australian team have not talked about targeting the Indian batsmen, who have recently been under fire for their failure to cope with rising deliveries, with the short-pitched deliveries.

Johnson, who was named as the ICC Player of the Year for 2008-09, said he had not expected the top honour especially after a poor Ashes where his performance with the ball came under severe criticism.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel I might win any award. Thought I had a little chance with the Test award but that went to Gautam (Gambhir),” he said.

“The award totally surprised me, especially after my performance against England. I am quite proud of it,” said the left-armer who has 102 ODI and 114 Test wickets to his name.

On his disappointing performance in the Ashes, Johnson said, “The Lord’s game was the hardest game. I was thinking about every other thing other than bowling a good line and length. I was pretty disappointed.”

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