Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Johnson Aiming to Fire Up

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Johnson Aiming to Fire Up

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AUSTRALIAN pace bowler Mitchell Johnson says he is ready to show what kind of player he is on the tour of South Africa.

Widely panned for his form after an inconsistent 12 months Co which yielded just 21 Test wickets at 41.28 Co since the start of the last Ashes series, Johnson is gearing up for a return to the devastating form he showed against the Proteas in 2008-09.

The left-armer says he has just tried to stay positive as a means of weathering the persistent scrutiny of his game.

While adamant he has been largely unaffected, he admits being bemused at suggestions he is almost past his use-by date at age 29.

On his day considered as close to unplayable as anyone, Johnson feels he still has not reached his peak in international cricket.

Family, friends and teammates have helped him remain optimistic that his fortunes will turn.

He is not setting out to win a popularity contest, but instead showcase his fighting character in the current ODI series and subsequent two-match Test series in South Africa. …

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