Watson: don't single out Mitch

2010-11-28 15:30
Under-par paceman Mitchell Johnson. (Gallo)

Brisbane - Australian opening batsman Shane Watson has defended paceman Mitchell Johnson after a frustrating day for the Australian bowlers which saw just one wicket fall at the expense of 290 runs.

Johnson boasted ahead of the Ashes that he would target Andrew Strauss but rarely threatened him Sunday while the England captain made 110 runs as the tourists reached 309-1 at stumps on the fourth day.

After a sub-par 2009 Ashes, Johnson is still to register his first wicket of this series and has had the worst economy rate in both innings.

But Watson, who also serves as a part-time paceman for Australia, said all of the team's bowlers should share the blame for the lack of wickets in England's second innings.

"I don't think you can single out Mitch," Watson said. "All the bowlers didn't bowl particularly well.

"I was bowling one loose ball an over and that's my job to tie up one end and let the others attack," he said. "It comes down to execution and bowling exactly where we want to."

With Australia still just 88 runs behind, Watson is hoping his side can regroup for a strong first session on the final day and set up a possible victory.

"We are still in the game, but we need to turn it around very quickly," Watson said. "We still need nine wickets, which seems a long way away after today.

"We've seen the game ebb and flow through the four days so far. I think it's going to be the same way throughout the series. Let's hope it goes our way tomorrow."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Thursday, 14 December 2017
Australia v England, Perth 04:30
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Australia v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground 01:30
Thursday, 04 January 2018
Australia v England, Sydney Cricket Ground 01:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Who will win the 2017 edition of the Ashes?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.