England's Stuart Broad bowls to take the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Johnson during day 1 of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
England's Stuart Broad bowls to take the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Johnson during day 1 of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Dan Peled - AAP Image

Broad's batting heroics leave Johnson speechless

AUSTRALIAN paceman Mitchell Johnson played a straight bat when he was asked if he thought Stuart Broad's bowling heroics on day one had been inspired by the boos from the Gabba crowd.

He wasn't going anywhere near what had been written by some media about the English quick either.

"I don't know how he thinks, so I don't want to get involved in that," he said in response to his first post-match question in the press conference.

But he was happy to talk about how he had enjoyed batting with Brad Haddin.

Johnson (64) and Haddin (78 not out) came to the rescue with their side in trouble at 6-132, before their 114-run stand helped Australia to reach 8-273 at stumps.

"I always enjoy batting with Brad and it was great to be able to put a few on when we needed them," he said.

"Hopefully we will be able to get over 300 and see how they go in return.

"The wicket is getting quicker and that second new ball did a lot, so hopefully it will stay that way."

As for Broad, he said he was just focused on what he had to do and do it well.

"There was a lot of build-up to this tour, a lot of talk, but we know it's about preparing for Test cricket. We put everything aside," he said.

"On a belting batting wicket, we've put ourselves in a strong position.

"I'd prepared myself for boos and a bit of stick, but I quite enjoyed it. It certainly feels better with five wickets."



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