Johnson looking to be more aggressive


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wants to be more aggressive in the next two Ashes Test matches, starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

A naturally aggressive paceman who terrorised England in the 2013/2014 Ashes, Johnson has curbed his natural instincts as the conditions in England offers more swing than the bounce he prefers.

However most of the left-arm quick's dismissals in the three matches in the series so far have been when he has looked to bowl short and fast at the batsman.

With Australia two-one down with two matches to go, Johnson is looking at returning to his best to help the Aussies retain the urn.

Johnson said: "It's something I need to have a look at throughout this Test match and just keep that aggression. I guess, from my point of view, I was just trying to really dry up the runs and I probably just lost that bit of aggression.

"Because the ball has been swinging over here a lot more, I feel like I'm trying to get the ball up there a lot more. Lord's is the only ground where I've had a real crack at it, and those two short balls (at Edgbaston).

"Generally, I feel like I've bowled quite well throughout this tour. I've swung the ball consistently. I feel like I've become a much-smarter bowler and I feel like I've found a bit more consistency."