Bowlers need mon­grel: John­son

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket - BRADEN QUARTERMAINE PERTH

RE­TIRED speed de­mon Mitchell John­son says a “killer in­stinct” and “a lit­tle bit of mon­grel” are es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents for Aus­tralia’s Test team.

John­son said he feared an over-re­ac­tion to this year’s ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal threat­ened to sap the menace from our fast bowlers ahead of the Test se­ries against In­dia which be­gins on Thurs­day.

Af­ter for­mer cap­tain Michael Clarke pro­voked a week of de­bate over the Test team’s cul­ture that di­vided the sport’s big­gest names, John­son was adamant there re­mained room for some Aussie ag­gres­sion.

“You have to be ruth­less when you’re play­ing sport. You have to have killer in­stinct to win,” John­son said.

“I think you have to have a bit of mon­grel when you play sport and you prob­a­bly have to when you are in busi­ness as well. CEOs of big com­pa­nies around the world aren’t nec­es­sar­ily nice guys all the time.

“It’s just sad to see how the game has turned be­cause these guys used sand­pa­per and cheated. It’s changed peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of the game. I don’t know if that’s com­ing from the pub­lic — that they want to see less ag­gres­sion and more smil­ing.”

A new play­ers’ pact has been ridiculed by for­mer greats in­clud­ing Shane Warne, who said phrases like “elite hon­esty” made him want to vomit.

John­son, whose hos­tile fast bowl­ing routed Eng­land in 2013-14, is wor­ried the Aussie quicks are sup­press­ing their nat­u­ral in­stincts.

“I want the guys to still have pres­ence and I don’t feel they have a pres­ence,” he said.

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