Former Australian quick Mitchell Johnson recounts Scott Styris 'headbutt' incident video

Mitchell Johnson and Scott Styris were involved in an ugly incident in 2010.

Mitchell Johnson and Scott Styris were involved in an ugly incident in 2010.

Mitchell Johnson has opened up in a column about the moment he appeared to headbutt Scott Styris in 2010.

There were astonishing scenes at Napier's McLean Park when Styris first hammered Johnson for four, then the two clashed on the pitch.

When Kiwi cricket fans think of the former Australian quick, memories of Napier soon come to mind, and Johnson said that incident didn't go down as people think.

"I'm remembered for many things by cricket fans around the world but in New Zealand, they have one main memory of me," Johnson said in his column for Fox Sports.

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"I'm 'the guy who headbutted Scott Styris.

"I was bowling with Scott on strike and as I was walking back to my mark, I looked at Hadds (Brad Haddin) and pointed to my head, indicating that I'd bowl a bouncer.

"That's what I tried but it wasn't so effective, as Scott hit me for four. As he ran past me, I got a little nudge in the back. I didn't like that too much so I got up into his grill – literally.

"It was claimed that I headbutted him but that wasn't quite the case. I'm not silly enough to headbutt someone who's wearing a helmet!

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"It didn't take long for us to be separated and afterwards Hadds told me that he had to get me out of there because he could see my eyes spinning.

"I've seen Scott here and there over the past few years and I'm happy to say we're on good terms now."

As public enemy number one in New Zealand, as Johnson went on to put it, he dealt with many hostile New Zealand crowds over the years.

Former Australian players have talked recently about the "rabid" New Zealand crowds, which they say altered the outcome of the one day series against Australia.

Johnson said crowd abuse was one of his main memories of playing in New Zealand.

"On one occasion I was called a 'wife beater', which was obviously by someone who didn't know my wife. If they did, they'd know she is a black belt in karate and would probably beat me up!

"I was once booed by the whole crowd during a game in Auckland and of course, after my incident with Styris, the crowd got stuck into me in Napier – especially after I kissed the Australian badge on my shirt."

 - Stuff


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