Johnson holds no hard feelings against Siddle, Hilfenhaus

March 1st, 2009 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, March 1 (IANS) Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson holds no grouse against tailenders Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus, who left him stranded on 96 in the first innings in the ongoing first Test in South Africa.
The paceman hit an Australian record of 26 runs in one over off hapless Paul Harris en-route his blazing innings. He then returned to take four wickets to put his side on top at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

“Hilfy keeps apologising. I’m not disappointed at all,” Johnson was quoted as saying in Herald Sun. “I really enjoyed myself out there. I got the message that came out just before tea to start going after a few overs so that’s what I did. I just backed myself and got a few over the fence.”

When he blasted consecutive sixes over the bowler’s head to pass Adam Gilchrist’s effort at Perth two summers back when he smashed 24 off Monty Panesar, Johnson admitted he was thinking of Gilchrist’s efforts and tried to emulate him.

“I didn’t know the stats,” he said. “But it’s funny because I was actually thinking about ‘Gilly’ while I was out there. Just seeing how he used to play - that Test in Perth against the English.”

Johnson admitted he had been working hard on his batting.

“The last few months I’ve really focused more on it,” he said.

“My bowling is my number one priority. But there have been opportunities to work on my batting where I’ve probably been a bit lazy in the past. Now I’ve (decided to) work on my batting after a training session, or just wait my turn for a bowling machine or throw downs. It’s something I really enjoy and hope I can continue improving.”

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