Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Aussie Quick Fires Up

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Aussie Quick Fires Up

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Byline: Cricket By GREG BUCKLE

INSPIRED by advice from Dennis Lillee, fiery Australian quick Mitchell Johnson said South Africa "can talk as much as they want" but the real talking will done out on the field in the first Test.

Johnson, the fourth-leading Test wicket-taker in 2008 with 50 scalps, said Perth-based former world-record holder Lillee has passed on some guidelines for putting the heat on the South African batsmen at the WACA next week.

Johnson was Australia's leading paceman in the recent tour of India and home series against New Zealand but he has played only one Test at the WACA and is yet to make his first-class debut for WA after crossing from Queensland.

"I've spoken to Dennis about bowling at the WACA. It's a little bit different bowling here to Sydney or Melbourne," Johnson said yesterday.

"We just spoke about how things have been going for me at the moment. And also just bowling at the WACA, it's somewhere where you've got to make the batsman play. If you are bowling outside off stump it's pretty easy to leave here.

"So length is pretty important and your line."

Johnson said the WACA appears to be returning to its fast and bouncy best, enhancing its reputation as a fast-bowling paradise.

He agrees the first Test is shaping as a "shootout" between the two pace attacks with the tourists banking on highly-rated trio Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel.

"It probably seems that way. Look I trust our attack," Johnson said.

"I'm going to back us all the way.

"There's obviously going to be a little bit of niggle there with their pace, our pace, their top order, our top order.

"They can talk as much as they want but we are just going to go out there and bowl what we have been bowling.

"We bowled quite well against New Zealand. These are our conditions, this is something that we're used to. …

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