Thursday 21 November 2013 

Video - We're In A Great Position - Johnson

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Johnson says that his side, despite being reduced to 273 for eight at stumps on day one in Brisbane, are in a great position against England.

Johnson hit 64 as he and Brad Haddin (78) put on 114 for the seventh wicket to help Australia recover from a position of 132 for six.

Whereas many have been quick to give the day's honours to England, for whom Stuart Broad took five wickets, Johnson says Australia are happy with where they find themselves.

"I think we're in a great position, we've still got two wickets in hand and we can put some more runs on the board," he said.

"We fought back very hard. We had to put on a good partnership there myself and Brad Haddin, so that was quite important at the time so, we had to really dig in, so it was good fun at the same time just to bat with Brad again."

The partnership was important for Australia as it prevented them being bowled out on day one and Johnston added that it was pleasing for the side to be able to fight back as they did.

"For the team you know... that situation that we were in we, obviously don't want to be in that situation too often, but it's good that we can get ourselves out of those situations by putting on big partnerships.

"We can bat all the way down, so that's a good thing for us that we can... if we do get ourselves in that situation again we know that we can put on a big partnership."

After hitting six fours and two sixes, Johnson was bowled as Broad got one past him with the second new ball, and he paid tribute to the way England's star performer had done.

"We know what the Gabba is like you know, you get that good bounce early on, it's a little soft you know, you have to dig in and then it just becomes a very good wicket.

"I just think obviously Stuart Broad bowled very well to us this morning. He used the short ball at the right times, had his plan set and stuck with them."

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