Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson says he is ready to take over sledging duties from David Warner in Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against India in Sydney.
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Warner has quietened down noticeably since creating a storm after telling Rohit Sharma to “speak English” during the Tri-Series.
As a result, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland told the star opener to “stop looking for trouble”.
However, Johnson says he will take over the lead as chief ‘sledger’ against the MS Dhoni-lead Indian side.
“I heard Davy (David Warner) said he wasn’t going to get involved in all that stuff,” Johnson is quoted as saying by Gulf Daily News.
“Someone’s got to do it and I might put my hand up. It’s part of the game and what happened the other day with Shane (Watson) and Wahab (Riaz) was exceptional.
“I thought it was great entertainment and I think you’re going to see more entertainment in this game.”
Australia takes on India in a mouth-watering semi-final clash on Thursday at 3.30am (GMT).