We will be going for a win: Mitchell Johnson

Updated: 13 October 2008 12:41 IST

Mitchell Johnson said the Australians would be pressing for a win despite India's wagging tail taking their first innings total past 300.

We will be going for a win: Mitchell Johnson

Bangalore:

Mitchell Johnson, who rocked the Indian top-order with his four-wicket haul on Saturday, said the Australians would be pressing for a win despite India's wagging tail taking their first innings total past 300.

"We will go all out to win this Test match despite Harbhajan (Singh) and Zaheer (Khan) putting up a good fight.

That is what Ricky (Ponting) wants us to do and that's what we will be doing.

"We will try and get the last two wickets in the morning and then force a result here," Johnson told reporters at the post-match press conference here.

The left-arm pacer said he was happy with his performance given that the pitch had nothing to offer to the fast bowlers.

"It is always good to get wickets in India as there is hardly any assistance for fast bowlers and I am satisfied with my first Test performance in India," he said.

The bowler, who had a stint at the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai, said Sehwag's wicket fired him up.

"I was really nervous yesterday and a little bit today morning. But getting my first wicket fired me up. I think we were too aggressive with the new ball at the start of the Indian innings and with the second new ball later in the day.

We were pushing a bit too hard," he said. Johnson also said he enjoyed bowling in Indian conditions.

"I enjoy the challenge of bowling in India. The wickets are different here. There are a few cracks and the change of pace has obviously worked well for me."

The pacer said he hoped for some reverse swing later in the day but was disappointed not to see anything like that happening.

"We knew that the second new ball was going to go for some runs as we thought we could reverse swing a bit but could not. However, Watson gave us the vital breakthrough by getting Harbhajan and we need to pick up two more wickets now," he said.

Asked about the changes he has made to his bowling, Johnson said, "We have been working on little things like field placements and bowling on the off stump line and I took a lot of pressure as the ball was not swinging much. If the ball swings, it also reverse swings for me."

He also dismissed Zaheer and Brad Haddin's on-field flare-up, saying, "We have been playing the game in good spirits and want to end our job by taking wickets. I am not aware of the flare-up between Zaheer and Brad."



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