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Johnson Reveals Key Meeting Change

13 January 2017

Mitchell Johnson celebrates a wicket with Ashton Agar // Getty Images

The 35-year-old says he's thoroughly enjoying his time with the Scorchers & is thinking about BBL|07.

Perth Scorchers speedster Mitchell Johnson has revealed how the side’s bowling attack reversed last week’s emphatic loss to the Brisbane Heat with a trademark strangling display at the Gabba on Wednesday night.

The Heat, inspired by Chris Lynn (98no from 49 balls) and Brendon McCullum (50no from 31), chased down the Scorchers’ score of 6-173 inside 15 overs on Thursday last week at #TheFurnace.

However, the Scorchers bowlers turned that around six days later, helped by the absence of Lynn, restricting Brisbane to 129 when chasing Perth’s 5-156.

“I think we did an awesome job as a bowling group,” Johnson said.

“We got back to the way we wanted to bowl. We went away from that.

“We talked about McCullum and Chris Lynn a bit too much in our bowlers’ meetings and didn’t worry about what we needed to do as a bowling group.

“We got back to that and performed well.”

Johnson hailed stand-in skipper Michael Klinger’s performance (81 from 54) in the win, along with Andrew Tye (4-22) who he said deserved an Australia T20 International call-up.

The 35-year-old also said he was thoroughly enjoying BBL|06 which is return to competitive cricket after eight months out.

In fact, it’s got him thinking about BBL|07.

“I really am enjoying it and having a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s good to be back around the group.

“I think about 10 days out my motivation wasn’t quite there.

“We started playing a few practice games. Once we got out there, I really enjoyed the crowds and being around the boys again and seeing some of these younger guys perform.

“I’m pulling up well. I’m only bowling four overs. If I do the right things in the lead-up, I’m pulling up better. It’s about keeping that maintenance.”

He added: “It makes me think about upcoming T20 tournaments around the world and it was something I didn’t think about before the Big Bash.

“I just wanted to see what the Big Bash was like and go from there. I’m considering other tournaments now.”