On Friday former Australian pace superstar Jason Gillespie, who represented Australia in 97 ODIs, advised England to attack Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson when the 2 dark knight of the World Cup meet in the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 opener at the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG) on 14th February.
Johnson has broken England’s top order in the recently ended One Day International (ODI) tri-series finale in Perth to resuscitate memories of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash in which Johnson was declared as man of the series for his 37 wickets at fourteen runs each.
Gillespie was quoted as saying by the Cricket Australia website: “I wouldn’t go down the path of looking to sit on him and just get through these spells, treat him like another bowler; if he bowls a bad ball, put it away, try to put the pressure back on him. No bowler likes going for runs.”
Gillespie added that by make appear less important the importance of Johnson, the England team are actually improving the pacer’s confidence. On 2nd February, England Captain Eoin Morgan had repudiated that Mitchell Johnson reopened Ashes pain ahead of the ICC World Cup opener.
He said that he would try to throw the pressure back on him, because by not admitting that he has performed quiet well against England in the past and he thinks that just adds a wee bit of spark for Johnson.
“You do have to admit if some player is performing well against one. One admits it and then he can move on, whereas if one just stay in total rebuttal it is just going to discharge.”