Haddin dismisses Johnson talk
Brad Haddin insists Australia are not overly concerned about Mitchell Johnson's form.
Last Updated: 27/07/09 5:40pm
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin insists the players are not overly concerned about Mitchell Johnson's form after his disappointing start to the Ashes.
The pace bowler was in scintillating form in the 2-1 series victory over South Africa earlier this year, but he failed to live up to his reputation at Cardiff and Lord's and continued to struggle for form in the recent tour match against Northamptonshire.
However, Haddin believes the 27-year-old is performing well enough and that the media have overreacted.
"Obviously, he's had a very successful time with the Australian team," he said. "His bowling was outstanding in South Africa.
"He's still taking wickets for us and in his game he still feels pretty comfortable. I don't see that much of a difference.
"Obviously, there was different conditions in South Africa that allowed the ball to swing a little bit more, and we're using different balls here that are probably starting to swing a little bit later.
"From where I'm standing, his pace is still up and it's all pretty good."
He added: "As much as been written about him not performing, he's still taking a lot of wickets and he bowled great in the tour game.
"I don't think it's too much of a concern."
Asked if the Australia players were offering Johnson any support, Haddin said: "We're not trying to help him out of anything.
"His form is not as big a concern as everyone is making it out to be. He's still taking wickets and he's been no different really.
"He's been the same around the group as he was in South Africa and in Australia. It's no different."
Haddin has also had to face the critics after some sloppy glovework at Lord's, but he is confident of an improvement at Edgbaston.
"It did swing a bit more past the bat at Lord's than it did in Cardiff but it's not too much of a concern," he said. "That's life. You can't change the conditions.
"From a personal point of view, I was a bit untidy at Lord's. I think it was just one of those days. I didn't have a great Test match with the gloves.
"I didn't miss any chances - I was probably just a bit uptight and not as relaxed as I normally am.
"But I can't do much and worry about that now. That was a week ago - I'm looking forward to this Test and making sure everything's polished.
"I've had a good couple of days off to refresh and now get my mind back around Test cricket."