No backing down from Johnson

Mitchell Johnson says sledging will not stop

Mitchell Johnson says sledging will not stop

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Mitchell Johnson is unrepentant about Australia's hard-nosed Ashes tactics, and has spoken up for Michael Clarke over his behaviour in the first Test.

The Australia captain must pay a near £2,000 International Cricket Council fine for telling England tailender James Anderson to "get ready to have your ****ing arm broken" at the Gabba.

Johnson was the match-winner for the hosts, as England were trounced by 381 runs in the controversial series opener - a match overshadowed, to an extent, by the angry on-pitch confrontations between Anderson and Clarke.

The tourists were also especially unimpressed by Australia opener David Warner's public remarks about Jonathan Trott's "poor" and "weak" batsmanship in Brisbane.

Trott was twice dismissed cheaply by Johnson, and has since flown home with a stress-related illness.

After taking nine wickets in the match, however, Johnson is determined to stick with Australia's recipe for success.

"I think it's worked for us. I definitely think they're rattled by it," he said.

"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."

Johnson does not think the level of 'sledging' was extreme in the first Test, and believes Clarke was entirely in order to engage with Anderson as he did.

"It was pretty quiet the whole match until close to the end," he said.

"We know there is definitely tension there - there always has been. 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.

"It just happened to be that the stump mic was up at that time. It's nothing unusual, but I was really happy with how he stood up for the team."

Johnson is keen to wish Trott well, after his return home.

"It was a real shock for me," Johnson said.

"I haven't sent him a text, or anything like that. It's probably not my place to.

"But I just wish him the best. I hope he can come back later in the tour or in the future, because he's a great player for England and he's done exceptionally well."

Troy Cooley, a former England bowling coach now in charge at his native Australia's National Cricket Centre, is not surprised to hear fast bowler Anderson gave as good as he got while batting.

"Jimmy's always fiery, isn't he?" he asked. "He's quiet, but he's fiery."

Cooley will coach a Chairman's XI containing 16-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Jake Doran at Traeger Park this weekend.

The teenager is not expecting England to go easy on him, just because of his age.

Doran said: "I'm sure they don't want to be seen around, everyone saying they've lost to us.

"There will probably be a lot of 'bodyline' stuff. I'm more than happy to be there and face all that."

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