New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Auckland March 7, 2010

Crowd antics spur on Johnson

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Ricky Ponting was impressed with the way Mitchell Johnson dealt with a hostile crowd to help Australia level the series in Auckland. Johnson became a target in New Zealand after his headbutt of Scott Styris in the opening game on Wednesday and he stepped up with 4 for 51 in Saturday's 12-run victory.

Johnson had two security guards escort him off the ground when he batted and the crowd booed him when he prepared to bowl. He kissed his Australian badge and looked to the stands before he ran in.

''If his by-play with the crowd affected the way he played I'd be worried, but it spurred him on, if anything,'' Ponting said after the game. ''Sometimes you've just got to try to have a bit of fun with the crowd. As much as they're giving it to you, you're the worst person in the world to them, but you've got to try to have fun with it otherwise it's going to be a long four or five weeks over here."

New Zealand were chasing 266 in 45 overs but Johnson made it difficult with the dismissals of Brendon McCullum and James Franklin before returning for Daryl Tuffey and Shane Bond. ''There were chants going around the ground but Mitch came back with wickets for us," Ponting said. "That was a good result for him and the team.''

Johnson had started by delivering a high bouncer to Styris, who was fined 15% of his match fee compared to the bowler's 60%, and the ball went for five wides. ''We might have talked about it being a bouncer, mightn't we? I'm not that unhappy if he bowls a bouncer when I've told him to," Ponting said.

''He was trying to make a statement and that's fine. He had a very good game of cricket for us. He was probably the difference. It wasn't a great performance by us by any stretch of the imagination, but we did enough to win.'' The third match of the five-game series is in Hamilton on Tuesday.

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  • jaztech on March 11, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Johnson did not headbut Styris! Idiots! Watch the goddam footage.

  • Jonno7 on March 10, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    It seems that what ever Australia does no one from every where else in the world likes it. Johnson might of steped over the mark but there is no need to have a cry about it, you are men. The main reason why you little boys have a cry is that you dont compare to the Australian team. Its good when we play India and Pakistan because the dont winge. But New Zealand and the English do all the time. Play the game, enjoy it and stop having a cry about things which should not affect this great game

  • snarge on March 9, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Fascinating to see a comment from Sir Freddie Flintoff attacking Mitchell Johnson in the basest possible way. Ironic that during the Ashes the crowd chanted their usual 'Super Fred', and then tried to put Mitch down by chanting 'Super Mitch', and making their sarcasm clear. Johnson ended up blowing Flintoff away in that series, even though well below his best. He averaged 32 to Flintoff's 52. Poor sods still think they've got a chance of winning in Australia. Hope you enjoy watching Johnson smash your top order pal. Look and learn.

  • greenfields on March 9, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Well neutral fan it is probably just as well that the Aussies don't mind being not liked because most of the rest of the cricketing world considers them arrogant boorish and totally unlikable. When will they learn that "playing the game hard" does not mean being insulting, boorish and conducting themselves in a way that does them and the game no credit whatsoever. Like the true bullies they are whenever any one stands up to them they revert to trying to physically intimidate the opposition, then they play the "we were only playing it hard" trick. I would suggest that Cricket Australia takes a really good look at the behaviour of its players and acts accordingly. However, I won't hold my breath!!!

  • cat_a_lyst on March 9, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    What a bunch of wimps!

    Real agro was Lillee and Hadley trying to kill each other and both country's crowds egging them on......that was FUN!

  • Rooboy on March 8, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, yup ... 'Mitchell Johnson is a poor bowler'. He really is. One of only four or five players in the ENTIRE history of the game to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in a year, bowled Australia to a test series victory in South Africa, International Test Bowler of the year etc etc. I can't understand how he gets picked even at state level. Seriously, forming an opinion of a player as a whole based on a few poor Ashes Tests is really ignorant.

  • on March 8, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    The Johnson-Styris matchup is awesome. I think the game needs more of it. Football is so popular around the world because you always get players standing their ground, talking the talk and walking the walk. Cricket without sledging is boring and it stopped being a gentleman's game back in 1949... grow up the rest of you. Even the ladies play the sport with more passion and aggression.

    The Johnson-Styris incident has, if anything, got more people interested in the game in New Zealand and Australia.

    Those wanting Australia or any team, for that matter, to be punished for taking the game to the other team should go watch table tennis or darts.

  • rumcork69 on March 8, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    I would love to see they ban an Austrailian player because they get away to easy, however apparently in todays' cricketing world ICC is afraid to upset Cricket Austrailia. The West Indies player Sulimen Benn was given a two match ban for bumping shoulders in Austrailia. ICC you need to look at yourself in shame. FAIR PLAY is FAIR PLAY!!!

  • on March 8, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    A decent mea culpa always helps.

  • shaantanu on March 8, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    @simon wood:mate stop having the notion tht whatever ur guys do are within the rule.or it becomes the rule in itself.......n whatever our guys do is against the spirit of the game.just ponder n u will realise tht i m not totally wrong in saying this.

  • jaztech on March 11, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Johnson did not headbut Styris! Idiots! Watch the goddam footage.

  • Jonno7 on March 10, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    It seems that what ever Australia does no one from every where else in the world likes it. Johnson might of steped over the mark but there is no need to have a cry about it, you are men. The main reason why you little boys have a cry is that you dont compare to the Australian team. Its good when we play India and Pakistan because the dont winge. But New Zealand and the English do all the time. Play the game, enjoy it and stop having a cry about things which should not affect this great game

  • snarge on March 9, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Fascinating to see a comment from Sir Freddie Flintoff attacking Mitchell Johnson in the basest possible way. Ironic that during the Ashes the crowd chanted their usual 'Super Fred', and then tried to put Mitch down by chanting 'Super Mitch', and making their sarcasm clear. Johnson ended up blowing Flintoff away in that series, even though well below his best. He averaged 32 to Flintoff's 52. Poor sods still think they've got a chance of winning in Australia. Hope you enjoy watching Johnson smash your top order pal. Look and learn.

  • greenfields on March 9, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Well neutral fan it is probably just as well that the Aussies don't mind being not liked because most of the rest of the cricketing world considers them arrogant boorish and totally unlikable. When will they learn that "playing the game hard" does not mean being insulting, boorish and conducting themselves in a way that does them and the game no credit whatsoever. Like the true bullies they are whenever any one stands up to them they revert to trying to physically intimidate the opposition, then they play the "we were only playing it hard" trick. I would suggest that Cricket Australia takes a really good look at the behaviour of its players and acts accordingly. However, I won't hold my breath!!!

  • cat_a_lyst on March 9, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    What a bunch of wimps!

    Real agro was Lillee and Hadley trying to kill each other and both country's crowds egging them on......that was FUN!

  • Rooboy on March 8, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, yup ... 'Mitchell Johnson is a poor bowler'. He really is. One of only four or five players in the ENTIRE history of the game to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in a year, bowled Australia to a test series victory in South Africa, International Test Bowler of the year etc etc. I can't understand how he gets picked even at state level. Seriously, forming an opinion of a player as a whole based on a few poor Ashes Tests is really ignorant.

  • on March 8, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    The Johnson-Styris matchup is awesome. I think the game needs more of it. Football is so popular around the world because you always get players standing their ground, talking the talk and walking the walk. Cricket without sledging is boring and it stopped being a gentleman's game back in 1949... grow up the rest of you. Even the ladies play the sport with more passion and aggression.

    The Johnson-Styris incident has, if anything, got more people interested in the game in New Zealand and Australia.

    Those wanting Australia or any team, for that matter, to be punished for taking the game to the other team should go watch table tennis or darts.

  • rumcork69 on March 8, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    I would love to see they ban an Austrailian player because they get away to easy, however apparently in todays' cricketing world ICC is afraid to upset Cricket Austrailia. The West Indies player Sulimen Benn was given a two match ban for bumping shoulders in Austrailia. ICC you need to look at yourself in shame. FAIR PLAY is FAIR PLAY!!!

  • on March 8, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    A decent mea culpa always helps.

  • shaantanu on March 8, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    @simon wood:mate stop having the notion tht whatever ur guys do are within the rule.or it becomes the rule in itself.......n whatever our guys do is against the spirit of the game.just ponder n u will realise tht i m not totally wrong in saying this.

  • selvasnz on March 8, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Hi, stu_ _ _ johnson escaped form ban, even if he suspended, I don't think he will regret for his headbutt with Styris, such a arrogant Johnson is, he is well deserved a ban. If this kind of incidents happens in future, rest of playing nations should boycott Australians to play agains with them, because the ICC refrees doesn't know to punsih the arrogant attitudes. The refree should pay for the price for his decision.

  • Mr.Indian on March 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Well, Mitch is definitely one of the players for the future who has a lot of talent, but this time i personally feel he has been let off with a rather soft punishment.......you just cant hit a player on the field and plead guilty and get away. Incidents such as these should invite stricter bans and that should serve as a lesson to other players with volatile character.......

  • on March 8, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Good to see a decent ding-dong scrap. Mitch and Styris are both pretty combative blokes on the field but good blokes off it, i'm sure they're not as worried about it as all the posters seem to be on here! And just to add my two cents worth about the 'other' conversation on here, sub continent posters are more than welcome to say what they want on here, but don't fall into the trap of thinking anything that goes against your boys is racism, it isn't, it's the rules of the game.

  • prasad095 on March 8, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    why Mitchell Johnson is not fined for this attitude. He is spared on every occasion. If this thing was done by some other player from subcontinent then he would have banned for 2-3 matches ? Isn't it injustice ?

  • shaantanu on March 8, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    @paullie:i think u r right on both counts.we indians r obssessed with our cricket.it is the only sport we seem to excel in while we neglect other sports.fortunately thts not with u ppl.secondly others seem to resent our rise in power(both in cricketing n monetary terms)n try to pull us down in every possible way.n we just enjoy putting our points forward in retaliation:)........finally acceptance or non acceptance of onfield behaviour boils down to cultural differences or sameness whatever the case may be.as it was styris/johnson the spat was easily brushed aside since u share a same culture which wudnt have been the same if india or w.indies were the other party(gambhir/benn incidents as example).the same applies to us also.though we have a vitriolic relationship with pak ,players of both sides get along quite easily indeed......so peace

  • peeeeet on March 8, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    If a player goes to the match referee saying they are guilty they will get a lesser fine. If a player goes trying to plead his innocence and is found guilty they will get the maximum penalty. That is why the Australian players recently have "got off lightly" so to speak because after the game they accept guilt, whereas other players try to fight it and claim foul play when they are found guilty. I'm not in any way wanting to condone the behaviour of some of the Aussie players, but if players just accepted it and moved on then there would be less problems. Good to see two great 50-over matches though!

  • Avery_Mann on March 8, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Vettori got man of the match just like Clarke did when NZ beat the Aussies by 6 wickets in Melbourne last year: http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvnz2008/engine/match/351690.html

    It's payback time ;) (i.e. Australia started it)

  • masterblaster1971 on March 7, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Tom Palyboy- Give yourself a swift uppercut! How can you compare Johnson to Mcgrath as the cricketer of this generation? You have just insulted the Tendulkars, Richards and Gillys of this world!!! Open your eyes and your mind boy!

  • Luca2 on March 7, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Good to see Mitch get a bit of fire back in the belly - Thanks Kiwis! Mitch has been a bit lost this last year and sometimes "missing in action". Let's hope it's not a one-match wonder.

  • chinaman75 on March 7, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Popcorn

    Just thought Id let you know that the man of the match is judged by the public hence it will go to a kiwi everytime.

    I agree its probably not the fairest way.

  • Rukus_NZ on March 7, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    I agree with AVSSRS - we should not let a couple angry fans who have something against Australia, ruin the moment of what is becoming a very intense tournament. I for one have missed such close cricket in the last 6 months, seeing Pakistan get white washed and also performing poorly against NZ (however they did have some greatness due to Umar Akmal test scores and also thier fast bowling).

    The series is 1-1, NZ has lost THREE of its middle order batsmen , taylor, oram and franklin... This series will truely test the depth of NZs middle order, where as Australia have a few more players they could always choose from. Even some of thier later batsmen like hussy could easily play 4th if they wanted, they just dont need too.

  • on March 7, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    i partially agree to Mr Sir_Freddie_Flintoff's comments has any crowd boo'ed lara or sachin or flintoff ....? if it has happened.... someone reply which match it happened ..

  • on March 7, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    There is a danger here of partisanship which is why - again as an Australian fan - I WANT to see our players held to the highest possible standards. I want them punished for misbehaviour rather than hear this "it's all part of the game" or "it happens in the heat of battle" rubbish.

    If you show leniency on some players and not on others it leaves the system open to charges of at least favoritism (or corruption or racism).

    As role models for junior and club cricketers this is just a *TERRIBLE* example - who wants to play against club cricketers who think head-butting is part of the game? - or watch their kids elbowing one another in juniors?

    And frankly it's just embarrassing to be an Australian fan and watch your national team behave like loutish hooligans. Ponting has vastly improved his on-field and off-field mien and become much more obviously respectful of opposition players and their sensibilities.

    Now he needs to drag the rest of the team with him.

  • __PK on March 7, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Was India involved in this match? Why does every article on cricinfo attract comments about Indian cricketers? Do Indian fans have that poor a self-image that they need to bleat loudly about their own whenever they see a comments box? Or does the rest of the world resent their rise to power in the game and find it necessary to take them down a peg or two at every opportunity? Come on folks, I'll gladly read about Gambhir, Harbhajan et al when they're involved in the match. In this case, let's talk about a hotly-contested ODI series between two local rivals.

  • mlhgja on March 7, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    All summer we've had to watch Aussie bully two the weakest teams in world cricket - they have over-celebrated wickets like they were somehow amazing, and they've cursed and bullied opponents, who were so much weaker than themselves. Modern technology has captured every word and gesture. Australia show a complete lack of respect to the opposition and the game itself - their actions are childish and pathetic, they show a complete lack of character and life experience. Do they not realize the whole cricketing world is disgusted with them? No wonder they have played to almost empty stadiums all summer - who wants to watch a bunch of spoiled brats? If you consider that the great players of cricket managed to succeed and still retain their dignity - I wonder if any of the current Australian team will ever be considered in the same light?

  • Adityeah on March 7, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @6x_CS_King: In response to you, Sachin was booed in Wankhede, Mumbai, 2006.

    According to Wikipedia. "On 19 March 2006, after scoring an unconvincing 1 off 21 balls against England in the first innings of the third Test in his home ground, Wankhede, Tendulkar was booed off the ground by a section of the crowd, the first time that he had ever faced such flak. "

  • avssrs on March 7, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    @driftingkiwi

    "One thing I don't get is with the comments on this forum - why is that no matter what the article is about, there will always be at least a few posts from the subcontinent complaining about how unfairly their cricketers are supposedly being treated by <whoever>"

    India fan here. I've seen these posts too and I don't know quite what to make of them except that they are not very rational. Just ignore them, the people who have posted them do not speak for all of us. Instead, let's focus on this nice little battle between NZ and Aus, the latter being the obvious big brother while the former is the tenacious little brother who will not give up without a fight.

    Having said that, I'd like to protest the racist way NZ fans tend to treat our top-order demigods. Kidding.

  • on March 7, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    he got what he deserved,..nd mitchell johson deserved it.......

  • digi2K on March 7, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Can't forget Ganguly...eh? :) it still hurts to get a dose of your own medicine? Disclaimer: I am not his biggest fan, but love the way he irritated the bunch of "we-play-the-game-hard-mate" hypocrites.

  • Kannan_Ram on March 7, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Examples? What about the Benn incident and the Gambhir-Watson incident?

    Read this article that enumerates them..

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/diffstrokes/archives/2010/03/where_is_the_justice.php

  • Almost on March 7, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    These racist comments are uncalled for..when the game is as "on" as it was during the first odi..things happen..kudos to mitch johnson for holding his nerve and delivering a match winning performance in the 2nd odi..sometimes a pinch of salt is needed to give the pot its true flavour..lookin forward to the 3rd odi.

  • cricket_pass on March 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Trapper439:

    1) Please investigate the incident of Gautham Gambhir who elbowed Shane Watson in 2008 and (rightly) received a one-match ban. 2) Here are some more for you (note the ones at the bottom of the page). http://ia.rediff.com/cricket/2003/dec/09flash.htm 3) Mahanama in his autobiography claimed that McGrath called Jayasuriya 'a black monkey' once (of course, McGrath denies this).

    Unfortunately we have a jerk (Harbhajan) who shows up as a sore thumb and is an easy target for people like you. Apart from that idiot though, the scales tilt a lot in our favor.

  • 6x_CS_King on March 7, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    i partially agree to Mr Sir_Freddie_Flintoff's comments has any crowd boo'ed lara or sachin or flintoff ....? if it has happened.... someone reply which match it happened ..

  • popcorn on March 7, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I got the distinct impression that New Zealand cricketers,commentators and Cricket jurists are bad losers. Similar to the Poms,when it comes to playing Australia.

    Here's why I say so:

    The man of the match should be, and is usually is, given to the cricketer who had a DECISIVE impact on the game.

    In the 2 nd ODI, Mitchell Johnson with 4 wickets, and Ryan Harris with 2 in 2, and the wicket of Daniel Vettori should have been the contenders.

    Instead they give it to Daniel Vettori?!?!

    Attaboy,Mitch!

  • Trapper439 on March 7, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    irs08: re: Your statement that "any Asian player would have been treated more harshly". I would like to see you provide some evidence for that assertion. I'm sick of these knee-jerk reactions that "It is obviously due to racism". If it's obvious racism then I'm sure you will have no trouble providing some actual evidence of the aforementioned and supposedly obvious racism. I keenly await your provision of such evidence.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on March 7, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is a poor bowler. He was smacked all around the park in the 2009 Ashes. He gets most of his wickets when batsmen try to hit him for boundaries. Despite being such a mediocre bowler, he pretends to be a fearsome fast bowler. This is pathetic to be honest.

  • LordReginald on March 7, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    People who don't understand gamesmanship don't understand sportsmanship. Lara never got sledged, because it would wake him up. All the great cricketers from the who passed the sledging test are great friends with the Aussies who sledged them. Desmond Haynes used to sledge Steve Waugh, Flintoff has sledged everyone. Big deal! Cricket has no place for over-sensitive individuals - Miandad, Ranatunga, Sreesanth. It's not an insult, it's a way to make you doubt yourself. A test!!! Cricket has no place for racists - I bet Harbajhan calls North Indians "chinkies" as well. Johnson and Styris probably had a laugh after the game over a beer! Sledging in Australian cricket is one of the joys of the game, because it's usually pretty funny. I do it all the time, and always make a point of making friends off the field. Cricket is all about the friends you make off the field, and if your ego bruises easily (Ganguly) you won't have any. (and even his biggest fans know how unpopular he is with others)

  • driftingkiwi on March 7, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    I'm loving the confrontation between Johnson and Styris in particular, and the Aussies and the Kiwis in general. The last three games (last 20/20 and both ODIs) have been some of the best limited overs cricket I've seen in a long time, played in a great spirit - a bit of niggle, with two proud teams playing some top class cricket.

    One thing I don't get is with the comments on this forum - why is that no matter what the article is about, there will always be at least a few posts from the subcontinent complaining about how unfairly their cricketers are supposedly being treated by <whoever>. Even when the article has nothing to do with any player or team anywhere near that part of the world, several people have to have a moan about these perceived injustices. Is there something I'm missing here? Is it a requirement to do this before I can put a post on cricinfo? :-P

  • Drew12 on March 7, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    sullieman benn didn't even have a penalty! He was injured in the odi tour of aus and not picked in the squad and then plays in the odi against zimbabwe. Where was the two game suspension? and please stop the racist comments about aus on cricinfo. It is becoming an australian bashing site. Not a ccepting guilt always costs in a court At least we don't storm off the field when things don't go our way like at least two sub con sides I know of.

  • desolationmike on March 7, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    The old Kiwi inferiority complex is alive and well in the comments I have read. Get over it. We are both from countries who punch above our weight in world cricket. Given that NZ has a much smaller population than Aust. you are probably in front. No need to carry on like pork chops just because our bowler is stupid enough to clash heads with a Kiwi wearing a helmet.

  • robotiger on March 7, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    ''If his by-play with the crowd affected the way he played I'd be worried, but it spurred him on, if anything,'' Quoting verbatim is a bit rough! Sentence makes no sense! So... Ponting pretty much just said he is worried about Johnson's mental state?

  • irshad_Gilly on March 7, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @ chinaman...

    how dare u to insult australian players,, Australians were d number 1 in world ckt n still they r number 1,, wait n c ozz ll thrash NZ in ths series.

  • on March 7, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    those austrillians are wack thats why i dont like them

  • bonner on March 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Johnston is one of the best cricketers going around at the moment and who he is as a person is his business. He seems to me like an ok sort of bloke. From what I could see the first contact was Johnston's face meeting Styris's grill - if that's what passes for a headbutt in international cricket then I think the game and the players are pretty safe. Also Johnston was the first to walk away when Haddin stepped in. Whether Styris is a cat or not is his business.

  • on March 7, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    I'm surprised he didn't get a ban too. Well, from what I've heard about the headbutt. I can't actually see the games here in the UK because Sky has unfortunately decided - for some bizarre reason - that they are not going to show the series. So thanks for that Sky.

  • Winsome on March 7, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Hussey's a supergeek? Ha, ha, ha. Good old geeky Hussey, keep it up old fella.

  • on March 7, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    @chinaman75:

    I think every team would have player depending on their nations view.

    Eg/ McCullum = Cheat for instance.

  • masterblaster1971 on March 7, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Got to eat humble pie on that win for the Aussies, but Vettori came very close to taking victory. Still, I don't know why he didn't take the power play and stop walking across his stumps exposing them.....got him in the end but a valiant effort. Johnson will still get stick on the rest of the tour make no mistake about that. Lets hope the rest of the games are as exciting as the first two....

  • Chestnutgrey on March 7, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    This Johnson, described by some Aussies as a bashful lamb is a disgrace. he spews venom on batsmen like VVS Laxman, indulges in physical confrontation with people like Benn and Styris. He should be given a swift kick in his posterior and booted off. Cricket does not need such characters.

  • Winsome on March 7, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    He shouldh't have got off so lightly, I agree but I was impressed at how well he bowled to McCullum, really quality over first up and he was laughing and working off the crowd. I didn't think he had it in him to bowl and cope so well under that sort of abuse. It was the same sort of crowd stuff that Siddle fed off in South Africa.

  • on March 7, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Good to see Johnson taking more wickets.

    What im not happy about is all of the people on cricinfo that are blatently bias. Everyone seems to hate the Australians no matter what they do I don't agree with physical contact, but we must respect the match referee's decision in what ever situation, its his job!

  • Rockfield on March 7, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    I've got my suspicionc that both Johnson and tait are chuckers .... Jeez, look at their actioms from back on video nad it's quite concerning ,,,,

    R.

  • on March 7, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    a really bold performance by the Queenslander.

  • on March 7, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    After McGrath, Johnson is a great cricketer of this era where the coming generation can learn a lot from him,So he should show the charaters of proffessionalism to respect fellow crickter.

  • on March 7, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Any Asian player involved in a headbutt would undoubtedly be banned for at least a couple of matches. Exposes the double standards of match referees.

  • IMObserver on March 7, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Looks like New Zealand was done in by D/L method: Loose five overs, loose some batting powerplay, and target only reduces by 9 runs. It seems the new target should only depend overs left up at the time of revison and new revised power plays and new restrictions on the new limit on the number of overs per bowler. There is some thing wierd about D/L method.

  • HAVANA on March 7, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Gambir, banned for a TEST MATCH. Johnson fined 60%. What is the ICC trying to tell the game?? The match referee should be hauled up like Proctor and banned. If a white player commits a transgression, its the usual boys will be boys, wink, wink. But if its a non white like Benn, or Harbhajan, we got to do something to save the game.

  • on March 7, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    I, think newzeeland is the best team spirited team of the world...

  • sainath_murali on March 7, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I was there in the crowd...trust me nobody in the crowd liked the way he confronted scotty...everybody appreciated the way he bowled...but his character is something not acceptable...having said that i guess that holds true for most of the Aussie cricketers...anyways....Cricket has more great players apart from these Australian who seem to show they have new lows to touch all the time....good for them...But for a nation which prides for its cricket..i'm not sure if they are good role models...anyways...Danny is a true cricketer and watching him live was awe-inspiring...amazing cricketer..true leader...Danny u are one of the great all-rounders of the game...all the best......

  • athota on March 7, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson should be struck all over the ground in the coming games. I think Brendon ll take the charge in attacking him. He should never forget the tour of New Zealand!!

  • Anandp2208 on March 7, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson -------- Nothing better you can expect from them as correctly quoted by Chris Gayle. This Trio are the super heroes of current australian team to play gentleman's game.They will always irritate & abuse others if they are at the receiving end they use that to motivate them. What a character? We like australian team for their fighting skill in the game and not for this.

  • rapidram2001 on March 7, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    would have loved to know what would have happened to johnson if he had headbutted Harbhajan in Mumbai...It was not without reason that Sunny poked David Hookes...Those you live by the sword die by it...I hope the Australians let their confused theory of Gamesmanship aside and just play cricket....

  • Avery_Mann on March 7, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Johnson is the least convincing tough guy in world cricket. It's a good sign that NZ can be without key players (Taylor, Oram) and still take a moral victory from the match. The Duckworth Lewis calculation that took off 5 overs but only 8 runs from the target was really behind the Aussie victory in this match.

  • on March 7, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2010. Must switch to Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa or in West Indies because of security reason in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan ....And of course the crowd of india ..do you remember the semifinal of 1996... last I like to tell about the pitches and outfield of the ground in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which don't deserve the host the world cup matches I am too south Asian but i want some good matches with the fan of cricket not a fan of player and the team. ICC must have to think to about the world cup venue and terrorist in south asian which will cost that thing which will be never fullfill.

  • irs08 on March 7, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Well, if the same"crime" has been committed by any asian player, harsher penalties woul've been imposed on him.

  • _Steve_ on March 7, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    It's interesting how the heat is now completely off Watson and other Aus characters since the Johnson debacle...Yet another great effort by Vettori. Shame how yet again the lower order has to pick up the slack. Players like Guptill (9 off 30) and (18 off 34) need to sort their shit out. Has anyone let them know the test matches don't start until later on in March?

  • on March 7, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    why no disciplinary action? i feel sorry for Sulieman Ben.

  • on March 7, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Hes a big thug , good for him now he needs to be thought a lesson

  • on March 7, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Johnson is a genuine match winner for Australia. whenever the team is in trouble he comes for rescue. Australia is a great team and team is shaping up well for the world cup . every team has ups and down but no one can compete with Australia.

  • on March 7, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Mr chinaman dont you realize what a sook you sound like ! we Australians will take abuse because we are a proud nation ! Im sure your words on cricinfo will not even be seen by Mr Johnson, but talking about Mr cricket that way ! how dare you ! you are a pillick ! talk about cricket so I and all the other normal people may learn something !

  • anindya_mozumdar on March 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    It's good to see that the Australians are showing glimpses of their old selves. As a very loyal supporter of Aussies, I feel that Ponting has been too apologetic about the behaviour of his players over the years. One great quality of Australian players has always been their hostility in the field, but being friendly off it. I wish we could have players like Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath and Symonds back in the team who would not mind causing a bit of trouble in the field - and not be intimated by the players from the subcontinent whose only attitude is to play the role of a victim in most situations. Yes, I agree with Anthony Purcell that Johnson could have been banned for a match, but often taking responsibility of your action can make all the difference (compare that with Harbhajan who cooked up an obvious lie to defend himself).

  • on March 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    finally I saw aussie power @ overseas.... and of course the mitch's came back to form i will be happy after aussie will dominate the series 4 to 1. good luck punter and the team

  • on March 7, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Its really a shame that Player of Such Quality does such a thing.Game need Good Aggression not pity dirty aussia manner.I am great fan of Michel but i was shocked to here his head Butt story!I hope he can learn some thing from greats Like Sachin,Drived and Federer!

  • on March 7, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Tell me! where the heroes? ........................

  • chinaman75 on March 7, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Another great game this Chapell Hadlee series just keeps getting better. Johnson did well to come back and take the crowd abuse. However the fact remains he is still a douch bag. In summary the australians are great players but dxxkheads in general ie watson(poser), Johnson(douch bag) Haddin(cheater) and Hussey(super geek).

  • pamithK on March 7, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Try that in Sri Lanka or Australia..

  • on March 7, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    At least there were no complaints. Go about your business and you'll always win....

  • on March 7, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Speaking as an Australian supporter I'm shocked that Johnson was not banned for at least one game. Ok... head-butting someone wearing a helmet (a) just shows you're not that bright and (b) is relatively innocuous on the grand head-butt spectrum. But it's grossly inappropriate and it sets an incredibly bad standard. Scott Styris is a pugnacious character sure... and he took the incident in good part but that's no justification. What would happen if Johnson head-butted Harbajan in Mumbai? No-one wants to find out and the best way to avoid such a situation is to present the strongest incentive for players to maintain their discipline and the highest possible standards of behaviour.

  • A.Nadeem on March 7, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    What was the crowd saying to him?????????????????????

  • rockzzzzzzz on March 7, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    ohhhh.....Johnson have to be aware from NZ fans....

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 7, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Well look at that. He got in a confrontation, was smart enough to plead guilty and get off with a lighter punishment, then used the boos by the crowd to spur him on. Very typical of the Aussies. Yet still, the rest of us don't learn. The Aussies don't care if their not liked, they don't want to be loved, they enjoy confrontation. Yet still our players don't ignore them and even worse don't plead guilty (despite the fact it takes 2 to have a confrontation) and we the fans enjoy taunting and climbing into them. We MUST NOT BE NICE to them but surely we should avoid playing their game. Our players should just let their skills do the talking and not get dragged into their arena, yet still it always happens and we always complain. Sigh.

  • on March 7, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Shame about the first ball bouncer/wide, but otherwise an excellent bowling performance, would've loved it though if he cleaned up Vettori of all batsmen to get 5-for and seal the win, but a very telling performance, fingers crossed he can keep his head in check for another good one next match.

  • Josh_Schon81 on March 7, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    good on him. The game needs characters at a stage where interest is being lost. Come on aussies!!!!

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  • Josh_Schon81 on March 7, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    good on him. The game needs characters at a stage where interest is being lost. Come on aussies!!!!

  • on March 7, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Shame about the first ball bouncer/wide, but otherwise an excellent bowling performance, would've loved it though if he cleaned up Vettori of all batsmen to get 5-for and seal the win, but a very telling performance, fingers crossed he can keep his head in check for another good one next match.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 7, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Well look at that. He got in a confrontation, was smart enough to plead guilty and get off with a lighter punishment, then used the boos by the crowd to spur him on. Very typical of the Aussies. Yet still, the rest of us don't learn. The Aussies don't care if their not liked, they don't want to be loved, they enjoy confrontation. Yet still our players don't ignore them and even worse don't plead guilty (despite the fact it takes 2 to have a confrontation) and we the fans enjoy taunting and climbing into them. We MUST NOT BE NICE to them but surely we should avoid playing their game. Our players should just let their skills do the talking and not get dragged into their arena, yet still it always happens and we always complain. Sigh.

  • rockzzzzzzz on March 7, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    ohhhh.....Johnson have to be aware from NZ fans....

  • A.Nadeem on March 7, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    What was the crowd saying to him?????????????????????

  • on March 7, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Speaking as an Australian supporter I'm shocked that Johnson was not banned for at least one game. Ok... head-butting someone wearing a helmet (a) just shows you're not that bright and (b) is relatively innocuous on the grand head-butt spectrum. But it's grossly inappropriate and it sets an incredibly bad standard. Scott Styris is a pugnacious character sure... and he took the incident in good part but that's no justification. What would happen if Johnson head-butted Harbajan in Mumbai? No-one wants to find out and the best way to avoid such a situation is to present the strongest incentive for players to maintain their discipline and the highest possible standards of behaviour.

  • on March 7, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    At least there were no complaints. Go about your business and you'll always win....

  • pamithK on March 7, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Try that in Sri Lanka or Australia..

  • chinaman75 on March 7, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Another great game this Chapell Hadlee series just keeps getting better. Johnson did well to come back and take the crowd abuse. However the fact remains he is still a douch bag. In summary the australians are great players but dxxkheads in general ie watson(poser), Johnson(douch bag) Haddin(cheater) and Hussey(super geek).

  • on March 7, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Tell me! where the heroes? ........................