Mitchell Johnson slams England batsmen for backing away deliberately

Johnson went on to say that he expected the England batsmen to continue this 'strategy' in the fifth and final Test in Sydney.

updated: January 01, 2014 13:19 IST
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Destructive paceman Mitchell Johnson has set the scene for a tetchy final Ashes Test by claiming on Wednesday that England's batsmen are deliberately backing away from fast bowlers as an unsettling tactic. (England batsmen uneasy about facing me: Mitchell Johnson)

While it is normal for batsmen to walk away from a delivery if anyone in the crowd interferes with their line of sight, Johnson said he suspects the regularity with which it has happened during the series indicates England are doing it for other reasons. (Let's avoid whitewash: Alastair Cook tells England seniors)

The fiery left-armer said he expects Alastair Cook's team to continue to do so in the fifth and final Test in Sydney starting on Friday. (Michael Clarke thanks Chris Rogers, bowlers after toss anxiety)

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