Johnson aims to intimidate England in one-dayers
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has warned England he can be as intimidating with a white ball as a red one as he prepares to return to for Friday’s second one-dayer at the Gabba.
Johnson claimed 37 wickets as Australia won the Ashes test series 5-0, playing a larger part than any other player in allowing Australia to unsettle, then dominate the England team.
His return to the Australian one-day side will add to the pressure on England after the test series whitewash and their loss in the opener of the four-match one-day series.
“I proved that in the last one-day series in India and England, you can still use the short-pitched ball and be aggressive,” Johnson said.
“I really enjoy bowling with the white ball, it swings a bit more and you can still be as intimidating with the white ball. That doesn’t change a thing for me.”
Johnson’s returns looms as another challenge for England captain Alastair Cook. Cook’s dry summer in Australia continued when he was dismissed off the second ball in a 50-overs tour match against the Prime Minister’s XI on Tuesday after being out third ball in the first one-day international.
Johnson felt no sympathy for Cook.
“It’s definitely very tough for him at the moment,” Johnson said. “Everyone looks up to their captain so I’m sure he’s finding it very hard at the moment.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him and he’s definitely feeling it.”
Meanwhile, England fast bowler Steven Finn will return home in a bid to regain form after an unhappy tour.
England one-day coach Ashley Giles confirmed the decision Wednesday, saying Finn needs a break.
Finn took no part in the Ashes series and was unlikely to feature in the four one-day internationals.
“We feel it’s the best thing for him,” Giles said. “We feel he’s not been bowling that well and not bowling well enough to get selected. I feel the best place for him to be right now is out of a performance environment.”
Finn is the latest player to quit the England tour after batsman Jonathan Trott, who returned home with a stress-related illness, and spinner Graeme Swann who retired during the Ashes series.