Bowlers need mongrel: Johnson
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.