Mitchell Johnson said on Saturday Australia want to “cook” England a bit more in the field before going after another landslide win over England in the second Ashes Test.
Johnson, still sporting his drooping moustache, was the destroyer with seven for 40 bringing England to their knees and leaving them facing a mounting 530-run deficit as Australia look to go two-up in the five-Test series against the Ashes holders.
Australia, who declared at 570 for nine, once again skittled the Ashes holders cheaply for 172. England have yet to score beyond 180 after being dismissed for 136 and 179 in Brisbane.
By third day stumps, the home side had built their overall lead to 530 runs. David Warner was in line for his second century of the series on 83 with Steve Smith not out 23 in Australia’s 132 for three.
England could not handle Johnson’s sheer pace as the left-arm speedster carried on from his man-of-the-match Brisbane performance to put the tourists once again on the rack.
Johnson, who said he will keep his “magical mo” for the remainder of the series, promised more pain for England on fourth day before the home side look to finish off the tourists. “We want to get them back out there in the field and keep cooking them a bit,” Johnson told reporters.
“The runs are irrelevant at the moment, but we probably will be looking at keeping them out there for a bit longer, hopefully see Davey (Warner) get his hundred and then having a real crack and have a bit of time at them.
“You could see the amount of spin the two spinners were getting out there today and that variable bounce has definitely come in and they got the ball to reverse really early, so it’s good signs for us.”
Johnson, who is the undeniable man of the series so far with 16 wickets at just 8.9, said he intended to keep his moustache, at least until the end of the Ashes series next month.
“The mo is staying for the Ashes series. I had a few people today in the crowd calling for me to keep it forever but not sure my wife will be happy with that,” he said.
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