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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    I was always quite an aggressive spin bowler. You had to bowl – and I did a lot of bowling. At Brisbane, Phillip DeFreitas got hit for four first ball, Devon Malcolm went all over the place, and I was bowling after half an hour on an absolute road.

    We got sledged by the pilot on the aeroplane when we arrived in Brisbane – “good luck, you’re gonna need it!” – and then the coach driver gives you a bit. It’s all lovely and friendly, but you know you’re in a contest. I really, really enjoyed that. I liked the backs-against-the-wall aspect of it.

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    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    In Brisbane, I remember Alastair Cook playing this pull shot off his nose and I went “here we go”. I went down to fine leg and I was thinking “let’s concentrate, get over this, we’ve got plenty of time to go” and then Michael Clarke took me off after another over.

    Then Jonathan Trott came out just before the break and Pup brought me back on. It was in our team meetings that he was worried about the short ball; he’d jam himself up and couldn’t quite get his hands free. I’d hit him in the one-day series in England earlier that year and the first ball I bowled to him in Brisbane, I hit him. It got me going in the match.

    Jonathan Trott

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  3. It’s raining

    It’s still raining at Lord’s. We’ve still not had a toss. It has been raining pretty much all morning. The forecast (see 12:19) suggests it could keep raining all afternoon.

    Mitchell Johnson is on TMS discussing his Ashes experiences, in particular that 2013-14 series.

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    I didn’t have great body language. I was a bit of a sulker! I was desperate to do well for the team. I always thought I could change a match. I wanted to help the team, to do my role.

    Phil Tufnell

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  5. ‘I still see a psychologist – it makes me feel good’

    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    I still see a psychologist to this day. It helps me. It makes me feel good. I’m not a big communicator in general so it helps me a lot. It’s something I look back on and wish I’d had earlier in my career. Troy Cooley and Lillee were always there for me; Troy worked on my action and Dennis worked on my mindset. Jess, my wife, was a person who was so mentally strong because of her career – she’s a black belt in karate – and she understood where I was at. She was always so supportive.

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    Hahaha excellent story, Dave! Did your dad ever forgive you?

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    Best pro you’ve played against…

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    Dave in Bedford:My dad played in a sixes tournament in Thailand in the early 90’s against a Qantas team that featured Dennis Lillee and Greg Chappell.

    I was on filming duties. It being the early 90’s I had a limited amount of battery time to play with. My dad’s left arm medium pace vs Chappell did not start well. 4, 4 & 6. Then I got the flashing battery light warning. I decided dad’s cricketing humiliation vs one the greats didn’t warrant any further immortalising on film. Next ball? C&B. Finest moment of his cricketing life. Maybe his life. His face when I told him, I was nearly orphaned in Bangkok…

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    I had to get a bit angry, which is quite difficult as a spinner. I used to have to get into it. The slip fielders would try and get me revved up. Sometimes, you’re running in, you want to be there and be 100%, and it’s just not in your body sometimes. I used to go looking for a bit of confrontation.

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    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    I got into the zone in 2013-14. You don’t get into it very often. You feel light, like your mind is so clear, and it’s almost like tunnel vision. You feel like you’re going to dominate. When you’re in those moments, you need to assess it, and think “right, why is this working?” The older you get, the more you play, you start to realise these things.

    Mitchell Johnson

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    If I could bowl at 95mph, I don’t think I’d ever bother pitching a delivery up!

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    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    The plan in 2013-14 was for me to bowl short spells; run in fast, be aggressive, be intimidating. People forget that Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, they all stuck to their roles and they deserve as much credit. The game is all about runs and wickets, and that’s what people see.

    Mitchell Johnson

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  13. How’s the weather looking?

    I’m a little more hopeful of play after watching this but the prospects still don’t look too good.

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    Video caption: Start of play delayed as rain makes Day 1 of the 2nd Test a waiting game
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    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    If I didn’t go through that period in 2009, I wouldn’t have had the career I had. I just don’t think I would have played cricket any more. I was able to go through those experiences – and they can be horrible at the time and you feel alone – but I had great support. My wife, other family and friends at home, were supportive. I went through all that and it made me stronger.

    In the 2013-14 Ashes series, I remember at Brisbane… I often would go back at the batsmen if they had a bit of a dip [at me]. I bowled to Kevin Pietersen and as he ran past me, he said something to me, and I just didn’t reply to him. And I think he knew at that point that there was something different about me; it wasn’t the same Mitchell Johnson.

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  16. ‘It all kicked off at Lord’s’

    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    It all kicked off here, with KP hitting tennis balls into the area where we were practising our bowling. He was doing it to wind us up. He’d stop for two minutes, we’d be OK, then he’d start again, I’d kick the ball miles away, and then we started verbally going at each other. Stuart Clark had to drag me away at the time. I was young, I didn’t know my game well; I was just going on a roll.

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    Errrrm… I’m going to go with ‘not useful’ but thanks!

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    Seb Poznansky:The sun has just come out near St Ives, Cornwall if that’s in any way useful information.

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    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Being away from home, things very, very quickly mount up. Those things play on your mind constantly.

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    Mitchell Johnson

    Ex-Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    It was at this ground in 2009 where my head wasn’t really switched on at all. I’d had a really good season, got 50-odd Test wickets, and I was thinking I’ll go to England, bowl as fast as I can and get the crowd support. Jeez, I was wrong.

    We arrived at Cardiff and I was looking forward to playing an Ashes Test. I’d been around the Australian guys in 2006-07 and seen how they prepared, so that was a good start. I got to Cardiff and two days out, some stuff came out in the papers about my mum not liking my girlfriend, and it took me by surprise. I didn’t know how to deal with it. It devastated me. I remember Ricky [Ponting] saying don’t turn up to training tomorrow, relax, have a rest, then move on.