Nielsen supports wayward Johnson

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Northamptonshire (UK), July 27 (ANI): Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen continues to support struggling Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson despite another terrible game against Northampton.

Johnson was the worst of Australia's bowlers in a three-day match against Northampton, which Australia won by 135 runs yesterday.

His only wicket was the last to fall in the match, giving him second innings figures of 1-65 from 11.1 overs after 0-42 from seven overs in the first innings, but Nielsen believes that there is a need to support and stick with him.

"Over the last two years we've played some pretty good Test match cricket and Mitchell's been at the forefront of that. There have been lots of times when batsmen and bowlers have been out of form and we've stuck with them and shown some faith. At the moment were working hard to get him bowling as well as we possibly can and he's getting closer every time, so well have a look at the conditions when we get to Edgbaston and make a decision from there," the Courier Mail quoted Nielsen, as saying.

Nielsen said Johnson's problems were technical and mental.

"He probably feels like everything he tries nothing works. If he gets an edge it doesn't go to hand. There's no doubt that as a sportsperson its nice to get some positive feedback by getting a wicket or making some runs. At the moment it hasn't worked for him. That's the challenge of this game," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, July 27, 2009, 17:28 [IST]
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