Australians to go for the kill: Mitchell Johnson

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Australians to go for the kill: Mitchell Johnson

He says the team will use the new ball and hopefully get a breakthrough of early wickets.

By Sunil K. Vaidya (sports Editor)

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Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014, 1:07 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

Dubai: The Australians would go for the kill against Pakistan on Thursday morning as batting on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch could get tougher in the first Test, according to Mitchell Johnson, who was the star of his side on day one with three wickets.

“We will want to try and get some early wickets out there and get into their tail as early as possible,” he said at the end-of-the-day media briefing on Wednesday. “We will use the new ball and hopefully we can get a breakthrough of early wickets and hopefully not too many more runs,” the fast bowler added.

“It is just going to get harder as the game goes on,” the left-arm seamer reckons.

Johnson informed that the Aussie aggression will come to the fore more as the match progresses to its business end. “We have a great batting side and they would be keen to get out and bat on there. I think you will find we will get out there and be a bit more aggressive than Pakistan was today (Wednesday).”

He also pointed out that the new ball worked for the team when they got early wickets in the morning and then again when he trapped Younis Khan in front of the wicket with the second delivery of the new ball taken after 80 overs. “We will definitely be going after them with the new ball,” he reiterated.

Talking about the first day’s play, the fearsome bowler said: “We started well. We got two early wickets which is what we like to do and after that the wicket was fairly slow and not much happening.

“We got the ball to reverse and were a bit unlucky at times with a few plays and misses in the middle there but the wicket was pretty dead and slow.”

In his opinion: “You have really got to use that new ball and make them play early on.”

About the bowling plans he said that they knew that they had to focus on getting the ball up there, hit guys on the pads or get nicks early on. “We had been told it was a chance of swinging early here and late in the day,” he pointed out.

According to him the first couple of overs on the second morning would be vital for them as the new ball was just ten overs old and in good condition.

However, he cautioned that the match could see ball turn more and more as the days go by. “We are going to see it turn through this match. It is probably going to get a bit more exciting as the game goes on. The wicket will probably break up a bit more and we have already seen pretty big foot marks out there,” he informed.

So, Johnson, who would like more people to turn up at the stadium, thinks that there’s going to be some pretty exciting cricket coming up in this match.



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