Johnson: Intimidation is going to be important

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Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has reiterated Australia's intent to target England batsman Jonathan Trott during the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on Thursday.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has reiterated Australia's intent to target England batsman Jonathan Trott during the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on Thursday.

Johnson, earlier this month, suggested Trott and team-mate Alastair Cook – in particular – will face a barrage of short deliveries at the Gabba.

"There's a lot of talk about it, within the group and outside, so I'm definitely looking forward to it," Johnson told reporters.

"During the ODI series in England we saw that Trott didn't like it, and during that Test series as soon as Ryan Harris got up them a bit, he didn't handle it too well.

"We all know he's been practising it. They've flown over two left-armers to bowl at him in the nets.

"At the right times, intimidation's going to be important, maybe we go really hard at him for a certain time."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior, meanwhile, has all but booked a berth in the visitors' XI in the Queensland capital. Prior is nursing a calf injury, but is confident of regaining full fitness soon.

The right-hander batted in the nets for an hour on Tuesday, wearing strapping over the left calf muscle injured during the tourists' tour fixture against Australia A in Hobart earlier this month.

He was free of discomfort for the entire practice session, leaving standby wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow's participation in the Gabba fixture unlikely.

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