Johnson Eager to Re-open Verbal Battle with India

Published on March 24, 2015 17:43:37 PM
Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson will be happy to revive his oral fight with India, when the sides cross swords in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

Sydney will play host to the game, which will witness India and Australia re-establish their contest, having played a Test and ODI tri-series against each other in the build-up to the competition.

Both tournaments were littered with spats between players of both the teams. Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match charge in the sides' first ODI conflict, after appearing to advise Rohit Sharma to "speak English" amid a contradiction.

Also, Johnson, who recommended Warner and was planning to evade any encounter this time around, is now looking to keep up a forceful methodology, after seeing Shane Watson conquer a searing fight with Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz in the quarter-finals to hit a fundamental 64.

"I heard Davy say he wasn't going to get included in all that matter," Johnson told Fox TV.

"Someone's became acquainted with it and I may put my hand up. It's a piece of amusement and what happened a day or two ago with Shane and Wahab was outstanding,” he said, adding, "I thought it was extraordinary excitement and I believe you're going to see more stimulation in this game."

Johnson's bowling colleague James Faulkner is likewise expecting a feisty environment in a challenge that is likely to see Indians dwarf Australian fans at the SCG.

"I think there dependably is [sledging] in the play, if there isn't you've got issues," Faulkner said.

"It's the way of the game, it’s a semi-final, and it’s ferocious,” he stated.

"There will be words said and it will be a truly extreme challenge. Neither group will be calling it quits,” he added.