Australia news August 15, 2014

England were 'petrified' of Johnson - Haddin

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Brad Haddin has set himself the goal of returning to England for the 2015 Ashes after the joy of regaining the urn last summer in a series he believes showed England were "petrified" of Mitchell Johnson. Haddin said in November the 2013-14 series would be "my last crack at an Ashes campaign", but team and personal success over the summer has left him desiring more.

Although Haddin turns 37 in October, he says a busy off-season of training has ensured he is at peak fitness with a World Cup and Ashes tour looming over the coming year. And although there are several solid wicketkeeping performers at domestic level - he identified Sam Whiteman and Peter Nevill as two stand-outs - none have done enough yet to oust Haddin from the side.

As Australia completed their clean-sweep of England over the home summer, Haddin not only rescued the side with the bat in every first innings of the series, his glovework was generally efficient and his footwork nimble. A strong case could have been made for him being Player of the Series but that award went to Johnson, whose season Haddin viewed from prime position behind the stumps.

"Mitch's summer was something out of the box," Haddin told ABC Radio this week. "I think the one thing is, and Mitch realises it as well, he can't do his job if Rhino [Ryan Harris] or Peter [Siddle] or Lyno [Nathan Lyon] are not doing their job. They bowled really well together as a group.

"Mitch got a lot of the rewards for that because, to be perfectly honest, they were petrified of facing him. We can gloss over it ... but I think that was an exciting thing about last summer, the pace Mitch bowled. But the other guys did an enormous job to support the group. And our slippers caught well."

The series provided the first taste of Ashes success for Haddin and most of his team-mates, and many of the same men will be in England to defend the urn next year. Haddin hopes to be among them, although for the time being he is focusing on the more immediate contests in Zimbabwe and the UAE.

"I do enjoy playing against England, I won't lie about that. There's obviously a goal there," he said. "I know it's a big cliché ... but I'm just worried about the small steps in front of us at the moment. We've got a big series in the UAE, we've got India here, we've got a World Cup campaign.

"So it's important not to think too far ahead to thinking about those events and miss the excitement about playing now. I have got the World Cup and Ashes in my mind, but I'm preparing to play these other tournaments to keep moving Australian cricket in that direction we want to go."

To that end, Haddin has spent the winter working on his fitness with his friend Tom Carter, the former rugby union player. "I'm still in front of all the young guys on the training paddock," Haddin said. He is certainly still at the front of the wicketkeeping queue while others such as Matthew Wade, currently playing for Australia A as a specialist batsman, appear to have dropped back.

"I'm 36 and I'm still playing. There's obviously some candidates there," Haddin said. "I've seen young Sam Whiteman come on, who I think is going to be a pretty good talent, and Peter Nevill at New South Wales, I think is a very, very good gloveman as well.

"I'm all about picking the next best wicketkeeper. I think that's what Australia have traditionally done and that's what I encourage all the keepers behind me, to be the best wicketkeeper they can be."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Shaggy076 on August 22, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Ian Jones; Im just wondering how the last series would have went if we had less weaknesses. COmpared to our team in the 2000's its not as good but its comfortably too good for any other international side (except South Africa as that is a pretty good contest). People have been saying for 8 straight tests now that Johnson is one wayward spell away fro becoming a rabble, those same people jumped on a wayward spell at the MCG and declared him finished before he returned and again demolished England. Last 8 tests Rogers and Smith have each scored 3 centuries, Warner 5, Marsh 1, Watson 2 suddenly those batting holes are disappearing. THen Lyon record is as good as any other slow bowler away from subcontnental wickets. His stats in Australia are superior to the likes of Ashwin, Swann and Muralitharan. As for the over 35's, with cricket age doesn't really matter and that will only be a problem in anther 3-4 years.

  • on August 21, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    @Ian Jones. Australia rely on Clarke and Haddin batting? Have you actually watched any cricket lately as Warner smashed over 500 runs in 3 tests in SA against the best attack in the world and Smith and Rogers have also been making hundreds. I'd be more worried about your shambolic team with even more of a shambolic captain! As let's face it if it had of been a normal 3 test series then England would not have won the series and everyone would still be asking for Cooks head. I'm very happy with the media hyping up your team and I'm sure the Aussie team are too as means once Mitch puts the pressure on again you'll collapse like a pack of cards.

  • RTPbetterthanSRT on August 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @eddiehemmingswobble "Trouble is that there pitches are traditionally much slower and far more conducive to swing, meaning Mitchell Johnson will have a lesser impact." I think you're forgetting Johnson's 7/40 at Adelaide in the last Ashes. The wicket was slow and Johnson wasn't getting any swing but extreme pace out of the hand is pace no matter which wicket you're bowling. I think English wickets wont naturally suit Johnson but the fact that he is fast and slingy, he will still have the Englishmen quivering in their boots facing up to him and it will only take a vicious bouncer or two for the wounds of 13/14 to open back up.

  • eddiehemmingswobble on August 19, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Watching Darren Lehman in recent days challenging England to produce fast bouncy wickets ? I'm sure he would love the English to go out of there way and produce fast bouncy pitches. Trouble is that there pitches are traditionally much slower and far more conducive to swing, meaning Mitchell Johnson will have a lesser impact. In fact if he gets injured then this growing English team should win back the Ashes, as I can't see anything in our bowling line up to trouble there developing batting line up in English conditions. I have watched there recent series against India and they are definitely rebuilding in the right direction and seem to have found a very handy all rounder in Moeen Ali who turns the ball and deceives batsmen with his spin.

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I'm seeing huge weaknesses in this Aussies team. The batting is too reliant on Clarke and Haddin, the bowling far too reliant on Johnston. All it takes is 1 bad spell and Johnston will go back to the 2010/11 version. And there is no spinner. There are also far too many players in the team over 35 years old.

  • Sexysteven on August 17, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    If England are scared of facing Johnson then they are beaten before they start if they want to be competitive they have embrace facing one of the fastest bowlers around cos he can go for runs if you can keep out his good balls relish the challenge of getting on top of Johnson if they can do that they should be able to get on top of the other bowlers to and score runs yes I think Sam whiteman should be groomed to be the next keeper once Haddin retires he's very talented

  • xtrafalgarx on August 16, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @Dunger.bob: Couldn't have said it any better myself. I look at Steyn's stats and say 'wow, he is a great bowler.' But every time i have seen him face Australia he has been very mediocre expect two spells of the top of my head. One in 2008 and the reverse swinging spell in PE this year. Other than that, average.

  • dunger.bob on August 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @ wapuser: re Steyn. He doesn't look all that effective in Australia. Ok, but not the game breaker everyone says he is. That's a variable isn't it?

  • on August 15, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Yes, Wade is good with the bat but his keeping let him down, and it hasn't really improved since. That's why he's playing for Aus A as a batsman, but not sure he's up at the top of the list on his batting alone. Paine has the opposite problem, his keeping is good but he still has only one first class century to his name. That's why they're looking past those two now to Neville and Whiteman.

  • Beertjie on August 15, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Glad to see Hadds hanging around even if it's only till the Ashes. But a few younger guys need to be on that Ashes tour: Whiteman, Starc, Pattinson, O'Keefe, Lynn to name just the more obvious candidates.

  • Shaggy076 on August 22, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Ian Jones; Im just wondering how the last series would have went if we had less weaknesses. COmpared to our team in the 2000's its not as good but its comfortably too good for any other international side (except South Africa as that is a pretty good contest). People have been saying for 8 straight tests now that Johnson is one wayward spell away fro becoming a rabble, those same people jumped on a wayward spell at the MCG and declared him finished before he returned and again demolished England. Last 8 tests Rogers and Smith have each scored 3 centuries, Warner 5, Marsh 1, Watson 2 suddenly those batting holes are disappearing. THen Lyon record is as good as any other slow bowler away from subcontnental wickets. His stats in Australia are superior to the likes of Ashwin, Swann and Muralitharan. As for the over 35's, with cricket age doesn't really matter and that will only be a problem in anther 3-4 years.

  • on August 21, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    @Ian Jones. Australia rely on Clarke and Haddin batting? Have you actually watched any cricket lately as Warner smashed over 500 runs in 3 tests in SA against the best attack in the world and Smith and Rogers have also been making hundreds. I'd be more worried about your shambolic team with even more of a shambolic captain! As let's face it if it had of been a normal 3 test series then England would not have won the series and everyone would still be asking for Cooks head. I'm very happy with the media hyping up your team and I'm sure the Aussie team are too as means once Mitch puts the pressure on again you'll collapse like a pack of cards.

  • RTPbetterthanSRT on August 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @eddiehemmingswobble "Trouble is that there pitches are traditionally much slower and far more conducive to swing, meaning Mitchell Johnson will have a lesser impact." I think you're forgetting Johnson's 7/40 at Adelaide in the last Ashes. The wicket was slow and Johnson wasn't getting any swing but extreme pace out of the hand is pace no matter which wicket you're bowling. I think English wickets wont naturally suit Johnson but the fact that he is fast and slingy, he will still have the Englishmen quivering in their boots facing up to him and it will only take a vicious bouncer or two for the wounds of 13/14 to open back up.

  • eddiehemmingswobble on August 19, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Watching Darren Lehman in recent days challenging England to produce fast bouncy wickets ? I'm sure he would love the English to go out of there way and produce fast bouncy pitches. Trouble is that there pitches are traditionally much slower and far more conducive to swing, meaning Mitchell Johnson will have a lesser impact. In fact if he gets injured then this growing English team should win back the Ashes, as I can't see anything in our bowling line up to trouble there developing batting line up in English conditions. I have watched there recent series against India and they are definitely rebuilding in the right direction and seem to have found a very handy all rounder in Moeen Ali who turns the ball and deceives batsmen with his spin.

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I'm seeing huge weaknesses in this Aussies team. The batting is too reliant on Clarke and Haddin, the bowling far too reliant on Johnston. All it takes is 1 bad spell and Johnston will go back to the 2010/11 version. And there is no spinner. There are also far too many players in the team over 35 years old.

  • Sexysteven on August 17, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    If England are scared of facing Johnson then they are beaten before they start if they want to be competitive they have embrace facing one of the fastest bowlers around cos he can go for runs if you can keep out his good balls relish the challenge of getting on top of Johnson if they can do that they should be able to get on top of the other bowlers to and score runs yes I think Sam whiteman should be groomed to be the next keeper once Haddin retires he's very talented

  • xtrafalgarx on August 16, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @Dunger.bob: Couldn't have said it any better myself. I look at Steyn's stats and say 'wow, he is a great bowler.' But every time i have seen him face Australia he has been very mediocre expect two spells of the top of my head. One in 2008 and the reverse swinging spell in PE this year. Other than that, average.

  • dunger.bob on August 16, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @ wapuser: re Steyn. He doesn't look all that effective in Australia. Ok, but not the game breaker everyone says he is. That's a variable isn't it?

  • on August 15, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Yes, Wade is good with the bat but his keeping let him down, and it hasn't really improved since. That's why he's playing for Aus A as a batsman, but not sure he's up at the top of the list on his batting alone. Paine has the opposite problem, his keeping is good but he still has only one first class century to his name. That's why they're looking past those two now to Neville and Whiteman.

  • Beertjie on August 15, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Glad to see Hadds hanging around even if it's only till the Ashes. But a few younger guys need to be on that Ashes tour: Whiteman, Starc, Pattinson, O'Keefe, Lynn to name just the more obvious candidates.

  • on August 15, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Johnson was is a purple patch, his career is the odd gorge followed by years of famine, his stats show clusters separated by years, compared to anderson he is not reliable, he tapped out in india leaving a depressed wreck. Dale Steyn is feared everywhere because he is consistent anywhere without variables.

  • Peterincanada on August 15, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Haddin was very good but he was nowhere near Johnson's contribution. 37 wickets in 5 matches is one of the all time great returns. He followed up with an excellent run against SA with 22 in 3 without a home crowd cheering him on. If the pitches in England are like the ones currently in use against the Indians I see more of the same.

  • inefekt on August 15, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Is the Indian series a 'small step' now? It ranks as one of our biggest test series, some epic battles have taken place, just like in recent Ashes series. I wouldn't be calling that series a small step Brad.

  • on August 15, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    India visiting them should be the least of their worries

  • on August 15, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Haddin should not be selected for the 2015 Ashes series if Australia wants to retain the Trophy.

  • InvisiblePJs on August 15, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    @Kamal Ahmed - certainly Wade showed himself to be a useful bat & (barely) adequate keeper - but you must also know that he only got selected in the first place as Tim Paine was injured. Paine would still be easily preferable as a replacement keeper before Wade.

  • dunger.bob on August 15, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    @ Big_Dog: Fades badly towards the end of the season? He still looked pretty strong for a man who'd just played 8 Tests in a row and been instrumental in winning 7 of them. I agree with @ xtrafalgarX. He's not superman and can't be expected to take wickets every match. That's why you need 4 fine bowers. Danger from every angle and no rest for the opposition. If one has a bit of an off day or even just if lady luck goes missing, you've still got firepower to hit the opposition with. Even Lyon did a decent job in the last home summer. .. They all did.

  • on August 15, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I understand that Neville and Whiteman are both good glovesman but can someone please tell me what happened to Matthew Wade after his last test match in which he scored 100 he's automatically replaced by Brad Haddin who I still think shouldn't be in the team. I have sympathy Wade I really think it's been unfair on him

  • xtrafalgarx on August 15, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @Ken McCarron; Our batting isn't to flash either to be honest. One thing i want to see against India and Windies in big runs. Root and Ballance have done that against an okay bowling attack in the Indians. I want to see Warner, Smith and who ever the no.3 is score big runs.

  • on August 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Haddin's keeping was great in South Africa but he copped a couple of ripper deliveries that meant below par batting returns. He won't have any trouble leading up to England 2015 with Pakistan away, India at home and the West Indies away. England have beaten an ordinary India but have holes all over their team at the moment and I include Broad and Anderson in that category as they will be bowling to Warner, Clarke Smith etc - not the lousy Indian line-up. However, the Poms do have some promising players waiting in the wings to replace the likes of Robson et al.

  • paapam on August 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Zimbabwe-yes. World cup..umm maybe. Ashes defence-a brige too far.

  • Jaffa79 on August 15, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I remember when Johnson terrified Haddin due to how much he sprayed it around, as Haddin would be diving around like Spiderman. If he is firing then MJ is quite a prospect. We have all seen him bowl utter garbage and look like he was going to burst into tears on the pitch. We shall see which one turns up next summer!

  • Moppa on August 15, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx, you are right that Whiteman needs time. About a year should do it. If Hadds can hold his form to Ashes 2015 and then, hopefully, retire on his own terms, Whiteman should be more than ready by 2015-16. From what I saw of both keepers in the two Shield games in Canberra last summer, Whiteman is comfortably above Nevill as a keeper, though it is hard to draw conclusions from just two games.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 15, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @Big-dog: It seems there is a group of people, like you, who seem to think that Johnson will either get a 10 wicket haul in a game or flop in a match. What kind of standards are those? Of course he won't be able to repeat what he did last summer in AUS and SA, they were career best perfomances - not the norm. He did fine in SA after his big 12 wicket haul, he got 6 wickets in the last test.

    Even if Johnson becomes a steady eddy from now on, it doesn't matter. It's not an expectation that he gets 10 wickets EVERY game!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @Pvckand @Ohlmay: When you people realise that Australia prefers to play with 5 bowlers? Watson will never be dropped for Hughes.

    I want Haddin to play till the next ashes. Whiteman, despite the huge wraps he has on him, is still very far from the finished product. The longer Hadds plays, the better for him. Though If Haddin retired tommorow, Nevill would be picked.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 15, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    What a performer he's been for Aus.Easily the finest gloveman cum bat in world today.In fact has been the best for a long while now apart from the little period in which he struggled a bit.But what a come back its been.Deserves another crack @ an Ashes W.

  • on August 15, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pretty sure every batsman in test conditions would harbor some Fear of MJ...

  • on August 15, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I would have loved to see Lara, Sachin, Dravid, laxman play against johnson in their prime...

  • on August 15, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Haddins keeping in South Africa was fantastic, I wouldn't be worried about his batting failures as he got bowled 3 times in 10 days by unplayable deliveries which you might expect to receive over 10-12 year career rather than in the space of 10 days by the best fast bowler of this generation

  • on August 15, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    IF Johnson can stay in form, then he will annihilate India. One can only hope that he can become a consistent enough bowler to keep frightening batsmen the way he is.

  • Big-Dog on August 15, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I still regard Johnson as a test to test proposition. Even with his heroics last summer, he faded badly towards the end of the season.It remains to be seen if he can repeat that effort this summer. Somehow i doubt it.

  • Mervo on August 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Haddin has been a great player and team man. Johnson had a brilliant summer and now with roughly 250 Test wickets has matured and has both pace and accuracy. Frightening stuff. He backed up his complete demolition of England, with a similar job on South Africa - at home. Broad and Anderson had shocking series down here. Johnson is primed and ready so watch out. We all hope Harris can return as his skill set and strike rate is wonderful. Also Cummins and Pattinson as capable of wreaking damage to the English who are now cola a hoop after winning 2 tests following 18 without win.

  • BillyCC on August 15, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Johnson petrified England and South Africa. The local groundstaff had to desperate change pitches in South Africa to make sure a repeat of the first test wouldn't happen. We'll see how he goes on consistently low and slow pitches.

  • henchart on August 15, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Haddin is not wrong.Johnson does that to batsmen.With a slinging action and pace of over 145 KMPH ,Johnson targets the torso of batsmen.SA found that out the hard way early this year.I pity the poor Indians who are due to face him later in the year.Only way to nullify MJ is to counter attack.But who will take the lead?Only batsman to have had limited success against MJ is Ab.

  • dunger.bob on August 15, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Well, Haddin would have one of the best seats in the house to judge how they were faring against each bowler I suppose. I've seen a LOT of posts from different fans around the world claiming that the only difference between us and England was Johnson. Haddin says right here that it was the the whole 4 of them working as a group that did the job, not just one bowler. He forgot to mention himself there because without his batting it could have been a different story.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Hads front up for the return bout but there can't be much room for sentiment from here on and I'm sure he knows that. He's already talking about what qualities his successor should have and thank god he rates keeping ability first and foremost. Listen to him selectors, at least with the test side. .. I reckon he'll retire the day after he wakes up and doesn't think he can play his best cricket anymore and might let his team mates down. I think he's that sort of bloke.

  • B.C.G on August 15, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Australia are gonna get thrashed.India have resurrected England.Johnson will be dropped before the series ends.The pitches wil be slow & low;not Perth Mark 2.

  • Starvybz on August 15, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    once in a lifetime will an ashes like that happen for johnson so australia need to look past him.

  • Ohlmay on August 15, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @Pvck I disagree, Haddin's keeping was excellent in RSA, he took some incredible catches, especially off Pattinson's delivery to Dean Elgar, that was a screamer of a catch! But yes his batting let us down in that series, but let's not forget what he achieved in the Ashes a few months ago, he was our hero.

    But yes we need to start looking at replacements, Whiteman for Haddin, Hughes for Rogers, Marsh/Faulkner/Cutting for Watson, Bird/Pattinson for Harris and Starc/Cummins for Johnson.

  • guidedbyvoices on August 15, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Erm, yes Brad, England were petrified of facing Johnson. As anyone else would have been. Fronting up to 93mph deliveries aimed at your neck would certainly not be pleasant. It seems Mr Haddin has a degree in stating the bleeding obvious. Johnson's performance was a once-in-a-lifetime effort and it'll be interesting to see if he can do it all again in England where he won't have the crowd baying for blood on his behalf and his previous outings have been nothing short of embarrassing.

  • on August 15, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Every player you mentioned as a walk-up replacement has about a dozen question marks hanging over their head.

  • pvck on August 15, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    I love Haddin and he was invaluable in winning back the Ashes last series, but I think the next series might be a bridge too far for him. His keeping wasn't up to par in South Africa and nor was his batting. Australia need to start bringing through young talent sooner rather than later. Sam Whiteman is going to be a 50+ test player, but Neville would also be a great long-term solution.

    The good thing is the selectors have ready-made replacements. Hughes for Rogers, Marsh or Faulkner for Watson (or bat to 6 and back four bowlers), Whiteman/Neville for Hadds. Hopefully Johnson has a bit left in him, but Starc will come in soon too, then it's a question of if Harris' body will be able to bounce back.

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  • pvck on August 15, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    I love Haddin and he was invaluable in winning back the Ashes last series, but I think the next series might be a bridge too far for him. His keeping wasn't up to par in South Africa and nor was his batting. Australia need to start bringing through young talent sooner rather than later. Sam Whiteman is going to be a 50+ test player, but Neville would also be a great long-term solution.

    The good thing is the selectors have ready-made replacements. Hughes for Rogers, Marsh or Faulkner for Watson (or bat to 6 and back four bowlers), Whiteman/Neville for Hadds. Hopefully Johnson has a bit left in him, but Starc will come in soon too, then it's a question of if Harris' body will be able to bounce back.

  • on August 15, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Every player you mentioned as a walk-up replacement has about a dozen question marks hanging over their head.

  • guidedbyvoices on August 15, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Erm, yes Brad, England were petrified of facing Johnson. As anyone else would have been. Fronting up to 93mph deliveries aimed at your neck would certainly not be pleasant. It seems Mr Haddin has a degree in stating the bleeding obvious. Johnson's performance was a once-in-a-lifetime effort and it'll be interesting to see if he can do it all again in England where he won't have the crowd baying for blood on his behalf and his previous outings have been nothing short of embarrassing.

  • Ohlmay on August 15, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @Pvck I disagree, Haddin's keeping was excellent in RSA, he took some incredible catches, especially off Pattinson's delivery to Dean Elgar, that was a screamer of a catch! But yes his batting let us down in that series, but let's not forget what he achieved in the Ashes a few months ago, he was our hero.

    But yes we need to start looking at replacements, Whiteman for Haddin, Hughes for Rogers, Marsh/Faulkner/Cutting for Watson, Bird/Pattinson for Harris and Starc/Cummins for Johnson.

  • Starvybz on August 15, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    once in a lifetime will an ashes like that happen for johnson so australia need to look past him.

  • B.C.G on August 15, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Australia are gonna get thrashed.India have resurrected England.Johnson will be dropped before the series ends.The pitches wil be slow & low;not Perth Mark 2.

  • dunger.bob on August 15, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Well, Haddin would have one of the best seats in the house to judge how they were faring against each bowler I suppose. I've seen a LOT of posts from different fans around the world claiming that the only difference between us and England was Johnson. Haddin says right here that it was the the whole 4 of them working as a group that did the job, not just one bowler. He forgot to mention himself there because without his batting it could have been a different story.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Hads front up for the return bout but there can't be much room for sentiment from here on and I'm sure he knows that. He's already talking about what qualities his successor should have and thank god he rates keeping ability first and foremost. Listen to him selectors, at least with the test side. .. I reckon he'll retire the day after he wakes up and doesn't think he can play his best cricket anymore and might let his team mates down. I think he's that sort of bloke.

  • henchart on August 15, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Haddin is not wrong.Johnson does that to batsmen.With a slinging action and pace of over 145 KMPH ,Johnson targets the torso of batsmen.SA found that out the hard way early this year.I pity the poor Indians who are due to face him later in the year.Only way to nullify MJ is to counter attack.But who will take the lead?Only batsman to have had limited success against MJ is Ab.

  • BillyCC on August 15, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Johnson petrified England and South Africa. The local groundstaff had to desperate change pitches in South Africa to make sure a repeat of the first test wouldn't happen. We'll see how he goes on consistently low and slow pitches.

  • Mervo on August 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Haddin has been a great player and team man. Johnson had a brilliant summer and now with roughly 250 Test wickets has matured and has both pace and accuracy. Frightening stuff. He backed up his complete demolition of England, with a similar job on South Africa - at home. Broad and Anderson had shocking series down here. Johnson is primed and ready so watch out. We all hope Harris can return as his skill set and strike rate is wonderful. Also Cummins and Pattinson as capable of wreaking damage to the English who are now cola a hoop after winning 2 tests following 18 without win.