Johnson: keen to succeed in SA

2011-10-22 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson hopes to improve on a fine record on South African soil, rather than have a repeat of his recent tour to Sri Lanka where he struggled to make an impact.

Johnson, who made his debut against New Zealand in 2005, turns 30 next month, but he said yesterday he is not ready to give up any time soon.

“I’ve got a lot of years left in me,” he said. “There was a lot of talk earlier in our camps in Brisbane that I’m approaching 30 and almost over the hill.

“But I’m fit and strong, and I’ll keep being positive.”

Mitchell took 3/20 on Wednesday to lead Australia’s attack in their 93-run win over the Proteas at Centurion.

On Australia’s last tour of SA, in 2009, Johnson managed to move the ball in the air and bowled with aggression.

Although the tourists lost the ODI series 3-2, Johnson took wickets in each game, achieving his best return of 4/34 in Cape Town.

“It’s totally different now in South Africa as things have changed with different players and maybe even different conditions. But I do enjoy bowling here and maybe I can get a bit of confidence out of how I did perform last time.”

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