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Johnson was worth emulating - Steyn

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn says he learnt from Australia quick Mitchell Johnson, who took 12 wickets in the first Test in Centurion

February 28, 2014

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

Wind your neck in Mindmeld. Dale is paying credit to an opponent who destroyed his team in game 1. Last I checked, Dale Steyn was not the head of curators in SA. Nothing like an Aussie supporter dreaming of the good ol' days.

Posted by inefekt on (March 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Mindmeld - it's up to the visitors to adapt their games to the wickets the hosts provide, it would be silly to provide pitches which favour opposition bowlers. Being adaptable is a common trait for great players and teams. The Australian bowlers, and in particular Mitchell Johnson, did not adapt to the low, slow wicket at PE and the SAF batsmen took advantage. The SAF bowlers adapted perfectly, concentrating on reverse swing while also learning from MJ by being aggressive and intimidating the Aussie batsmen. BTW, I'm an Aussie fan.

Posted by Mindmeld on (March 1, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

I find it ironic that he says Johnson is worth emulating - then they go and kill the pitches for the last two games. In the old days most teams just dealt with their opposition by trying to outplay them on the field. Alas, not so anymore. The meeting between the captain and the ground staff is now what it all boils down to.

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