No Ashes sledging truce, says Mitchell Johnson

JUSTIN CHADWICK
Last updated 07:41 28/11/2013
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NICE ONE MATE: Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing Kevin Pietersen of England.

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Australian pace ace Mitchell Johnson says England can forget about a sledging truce and has warned them to expect an even tougher time dealing with his bouncers in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Johnson reckons England are shaken after copping a sledging barrage during Australia's 381-run win in Brisbane, in which the left-arm quick snared match figures of 9-103.

Australia are keen to employ similar tactics for the remainder of the series, although ICC chief executive David Richardson says match referee Jeff Crowe will to speak to both captains in an attempt to calm the fire.

"I think it's worked for us. I definitely think they're rattled by it," said Johnson in Perth on Wednesday.

"They don't like it at all.

"Obviously their coach has come out and wanted a truce from what I've heard.

"That's not going to change from our end."

Adelaide Oval is renowned as a batsman's paradise although the move to a drop-in pitch has added an element of mystery for the second Test starting on December 5.

But Johnson said England were kidding themselves if they thought they could escape another painful battering from the short ball.

"I'll still come in with the short ball because it is up and down in Adelaide, so it makes it even harder I think," Johnson said in Perth on Wednesday.

"At the Gabba, you know it's true bounce.

"But Adelaide is not true bounce.

"So I think that makes it a lot more difficult to play the short ball, and obviously reverse swing comes in to it as well.

"I don't like facing bouncers. No one does.

"When the ball's coming past your nose on a fast wicket, it's never nice.

"I'm not sure if it's fear (England's batsmen were experiencing), but I'll definitely continue to use it, because it definitely worked."

Australian skipper Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee after television viewers heard using an expletive while him telling England tail-ender James Anderson to prepare for a broken arm before a Johnson delivery.

That was after Anderson had allegedly threatened to punch George Bailey.

ICC boss Richardson has labelled abusive language on the field immature and unnecessary.

But Johnson was right to back his skipper.

"I thought it was really good what Michael did, as a captain. That's what you want your captain to do - stand up for the players, and that's what he did."

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is the front runner to replace Trott for the second Test in Adelaide.

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The visitors will take on an Australian Chairman's XI in a two-day match in Alice Springs, starting Friday.

England all-rounder Stuart Broad said it was heartbreaking for the team to lose Trott.

"He's a fantastic guy," Broad said.

"He gave us a lot of solidity in the No.3 spot. But the important thing is he's got the support of the change room he's played with for 49 Tests.

"Everyone's looking out for him, and he gets a bit of privacy at home to get himself right. We wish him very well from Australia."

- AAP

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