Johnson to target Trott,Barmy Army
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday said he has batsman Jonathan Trott and Englands travelling Barmy Army fans in his sights in the Ashes series starting Thursday. The last time England were in Australia in 2010-11,Trott and the England top order took Johnson apart on the field,while the Barmy Army tormented him from the stands at every opportunity.
It was a double act which threatened Johnsons future in Test cricket. But with a new-found mental fortitude attributed to fatherhood and an improved bowling action engineered by Australia pace great Dennis Lillee,Johnson believes he is back in business. If the Barmy Army engage in their usual raucous behaviour in the first Test at the Gabba,the left-arm paceman said he will give it right back. I copped a bit of stick there and I just gave it back to them when it was the right time, Johnson told reporters. Im not sure what theyve got for me this time.
Mickey was very insecure: Haddin
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin today took a swipe at Mickey Arthur,criticising the former Test coach as insecure and saying he set back the Australian team. Haddin said Arthurs successor Darren Lehmann has turned Australias dressing room and demeanour around ahead of Thursdays first Ashes Test against England at the Gabba. (Mickey) was very,very insecure and that came across in a lot of our selections and our plays,I think,to be perfectly honest, Haddin told reporters. The brand of cricket we want to play got lost in the period that Mickey had a hold of us. I dont think he understood and was secure enough in himself to get us to where we needed to go.
Real-time Snicko included in DRS
Host broadcaster Channel 9 and developers of the real-time Snickometer have reportedly reached an agreement to include the technology among the Decision Review System tools available for umpires during the Ashes. Snickometer,previously used on TV broadcasts but not available to umpire reviews of disputed calls during Tests,will join Hot Spot,Eagle-Eye ball tracking and stump microphones as part of the DRS technology package,a report on the Cricket Australia website said. Channel 9 executive producer of cricket Brad McNamara said using Snicko as part of the DRS should enhance the TV coverage and cut down on incorrect umpiring decisions. Umpires Simon Taufel Marais Erasmus also briefed the Australia and England squads on the expanded DRS.