Johnson: Fast bowling about intimidation

The Australian cricketer has been one of the outstanding bowlers in the Ashes so far.

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson tosses a ball during the first Ashes Test match against England. Source: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson on Wednesday said good fast bowling is all about intimidation.

He has been one of the outstanding bowlers in the Ashes Test so far.

Johnson helped his team to a 2-0 series lead against England.

The tour has caught the headlines for the sledging that has been going on between the two teams.

Johnson says the past shows the pattern of intimation in fast bowling is not anything new.

"Throughout history, it's always been about intimidation. Look at some of the recent bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, who used to intimidate all batsmen around the world.

"Anyone that can bowl over 140 [km/h] is quick and can be very intimidating."

Johnson says anyone will be rattled on the receiving end of a fast delivery.

"If you can bowl a ball accurately at someone's grill, I don't care who you are, you're going to be intimidated."

Johnson says being intimidating is one of the things he enjoys as a fast bowler.

"We saw it in Brisbane that bowling a good bouncer can still be greatly intimidating. I like the fact that as a fast bowler, you can be aggressive and intimidate the batsmen."