Christchurch: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has warned the New Zealand team that Friday’s crushing six-wicket defeat for the home side in the Wellington Twenty20 is unlikely to be a one-off event.
Johnson, who took 3-19 in a man-of-the-match performance, said Australia’s pace attack will crush the life out of the Black Caps in the second and final game of the Twenty20 series in Christchurch on Sunday.
“They have got Shane Bond who can bowl pretty quick, but we have got a few guys in our side that can bowl 145-150kmh-plus, it does make a bit of a difference,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Johnson, as saying.
“You don”t get an easy run at it. It definitely makes it tougher for their guys. I”m pretty glad we are not facing us,” he added.
Johnson further said the Australians are satisfied that they will set the bar high for New Zealand.
“Definitely guys were a little bit nervous coming over, playing a new side again and we knew New Zealand love the shorter form of the game and do pretty well in it. There were nerves in the dressing room and I definitely felt it,” Johnson said. (ANI)