Friday, 21 October 2011

Johnson ready to answer critics during South Africa cricket tour

Widely panned for his poor form after an inconsistent 12 months which yielded just 21 Test wickets at 41.28 since the start of the last Ashes series, Australian fast bowler Johnson is gearing up for a return to the devastating form he showed against the Proteas in 2008-09.

Johnson admitted to being bemused at suggestions that he’s almost past his used-by-date at age 29.
“You’re always going to cop criticism I think no matter what. But it’s how you bounce back from those criticisms that really shows what kind of player you are,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Johnson, as saying.
He added: “I think I’ve got a lot of years left in me, there was a bit of talk early on (this year) … that I’m approaching 30 and almost over the hill, so it’s quite funny. But I feel fit and strong and if I can keep being positive and keep these guys around me keeping me positive then I’m looking forward to a good series.”
Johnson arrived in South Africa on the back of a five-wicket performance for Western Australia in a Shield match, and backed that up by finding some swing in a tidy 3-20 in the opening ODI win in Centurion.
Australia has picked five specialist quicks in their 15-man squad for the Test series, but Johnson says he hasn’t felt any added pressure to perform. (ANI)

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