Johnson: Ashes pressure won't get the better of me this time
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has vowed not to repeat last year's mistakes in the upcoming Ashes series. He admitted that his mental approach in England in the summer of 2009 made him struggle to cope with the demands of the contest, but said that he was now "better adjusted to the pressures" involved.
Johnson went into last year's Ashes with a burgeoning reputation. Over the previous 12 months, including two series against South Africa, he took 33 wickets at an average of 25.44. But he admits now that his mental approach was responsible for his disappointing series as Australia surrendered the urn.
"Over there I definitely built it up in my mind," Johnson said. "It was a huge deal for me, like any young guy coming through. But look, I think I've learnt that lesson and I've experienced that and now I've adjusted to the pressures of, I guess, being a leader of the attack as well. So I'm looking forward to this series, it's something I'm very excited about."
He also said that he was looking forward to bowling on Australian wickets again. "We just came back from India where the wickets are pretty docile. Just training this morning, the wickets are bouncing through, so you've got to adjust your lengths over here again.
"So I think it's important that I'm having this game for the WACAs [Western Warriors] and to be able to work on a few things during that game and, hopefully, get into a good rhythm and build myself up for the Ashes."
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