Mitchell Johnson driven by stick from England fans as Australia prepare for fourth Ashes Test

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By Paul Newman for MailOnline

Published: 12:26 GMT, 4 August 2015 | Updated: 14:58 GMT, 4 August 2015

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Mitchell Johnson insists that the raucous Edgbaston crowd did not get to him during Australia’s crushing third-Test defeat and that he will be ready to inflict more damage on England in a must-win game for his side at Trent Bridge.

It appeared that Australia’s destroyer in chief had been affected by the treatment from a 25,000 crowd who reminded him of his past frailties with several choruses of the song that taunted him during his bad times.

But Johnson insisted he was having a bit of fun with the England supporters when he aborted his run up towards the end of England’s eight-wicket victory that put them 2-1 ahead with two Tests to play in this absorbing Ashes.

Australia pace man Mitchell Johnson insists England fans' taunts haven't undermined his confidence

Australia pace man Mitchell Johnson insists England fans' taunts haven't undermined his confidence

Australia's David Warner shares a joke with the media by stuffing items down his underwear during training

Australia's David Warner shares a joke with the media by stuffing items down his underwear during training

Australia captain Michael Clarke (right) prepares his side for the fourth Test at Trent Bridge

Australia captain Michael Clarke (right) prepares his side for the fourth Test at Trent Bridge

Peter Siddle takes part in Australia's nets session
Fawad Ahmed wraps up on a gloomy day in Nottingham

Peter Siddle (left) and Fawad Ahmed take part in Australia nets session in Nottingham on Tuesday

Clarke laughs with Australia team-mates despite his side's collapse against England at Edgbaston

Clarke laughs with Australia team-mates despite his side's collapse against England at Edgbaston

Josh Hazelwood (right) is given instructions by his captain as Australia bid to come back against England

Josh Hazelwood (right) is given instructions by his captain as Australia bid to come back against England

Australia batsman Chris Rodgers plays a shot during the practice session on Tuesday

Australia batsman Chris Rodgers plays a shot during the practice session on Tuesday

Johnson looks downcast as he receives stick from England fans during the third Test at Edgbaston

Johnson looks downcast as he receives stick from England fans during the third Test at Edgbaston

‘I don’t think so,’ said Johnson at Trent Bridge on Tuesday when asked if the crowd had got to him. ‘I knew it was going to be quite lively at Edgbaston and I really enjoyed it this time. It was really nice to hear the chants of ‘Mitchell, Mitchell’ at the end when England had won the game! I think from my point of view it’s a compliment to me and I’ve been able to take the focus on other people.

‘It definitely drives me on. Experiencing it in 2009 was very different to what it is now. I can block it out when I need to and get involved when I feel I need to. Either way I’m pretty happy.’

Johnson has admitted that he had suffered at the hands of the England supporters in the past. ‘I started singing that song in my head in 2009 when I was running in to bowl and when you do that you’re in a bit of trouble,’ he said. ‘That’s one thing I’ve been able to block out! Everywhere in the world they target certain players and I take it as a compliment.’

It did look as though he had lost the plot when he firstly aborted his run and then bowled what turned out to be his final ball of the match off 24 yards. ‘I was just having a bit of fun. It got quite loud so I thought I’d take my time and not bowl the ball. It was deliberate to bowl the ball behind the line but not that far.

Cameras watch on as Clarke plays a shot during the nets session ahead of the all important fourth Test

Cameras watch on as Clarke plays a shot during the nets session ahead of the all important fourth Test

Australian coach Darren Lehmann plots with captain Clarke over how to bring his side back into the series

Australian coach Darren Lehmann plots with captain Clarke over how to bring his side back into the series

Nevill warms up with team-mates by taking a gentle run around the pitch at Trent Bridge

Nevill warms up with team-mates by taking a gentle run around the pitch at Trent Bridge

Brad Haddin lies on the grass as Australia head into the fourth Test 2-1 down in the series

Brad Haddin lies on the grass as Australia head into the fourth Test 2-1 down in the series

‘It was close to being a no ball! I was a little bit further back than I wanted to be but it was something Brett Lee used to do to try to affect the batsman’s focus.’

The man who destroyed England with 37 wickets in the last Ashes believed that Australia were beaten because their formidable attack was not at its best.

‘We didn’t bowl in partnerships,’ said Johnson. ‘There were times when we bowled well but others when we could have bowled better. We play our best cricket when both guys are bowling well. When you can put pressure on from both ends that’s what it’s all about.

Johnson took his 300th Test wicket with a brute of a delivery to Jonny Bairstow when Australia were right in the Test and followed it up with another brutal delivery to Ben Stokes in the same over but curiously did not bowl as many short deliveries after that.

Shaun Marsh of Australia prepares to receive a ball during the practice session

Shaun Marsh of Australia prepares to receive a ball during the practice session

Australia wicket keeper Nevill (centre) enjoys taking a catch alongside Steve Smith (left) and Clarke

Australia wicket keeper Nevill (centre) enjoys taking a catch alongside Steve Smith (left) and Clarke

Siddle knows Australia will need to win at Trent Bridge and the Oval to retain the Ashes

Siddle knows Australia will need to win at Trent Bridge and the Oval to retain the Ashes

‘Bowling bouncers definitely take it out of you on wickets that are not too bouncy. That one was better but it can take it out of you when your job is to go after the opposition. But I didn’t follow it up. I thought I should try to pitch it up and try to swing it but I’m sure you’ll see some more short balls in this one. I was scratching my head a bit about it. There will be more short balls here.’

Johnson is adamant that Australia can win at both Trent Bridge and the Oval to not only retain the Ashes but win this series. ‘The boys are doing really well. They’re young and fit. The boys bowled pretty well and feel really good so I’d expect the same bowlers in our side

‘We’ve just got to focus on what we’ve been doing when we’ve been playing well. It’s like a grand final for us. We really need to win this game and then focus on the next one.’

Johnson celebrates taking his 300th Test wicket by removing Jonny Bairstow at Edgbaston

Johnson celebrates taking his 300th Test wicket by removing Jonny Bairstow at Edgbaston

Johnson looks dejected after struggling to find the form that destroyed England in the previous Ashes

Johnson looks dejected after struggling to find the form that destroyed England in the previous Ashes

‘The mood’s good. Throughout the whole tour it’s been good. The good thing about our time is that we’ve been able to reflect on the last game very quickly and then move on. This is a must win for us if we want to win this series.

But Johnson accepts that he may not be around for too much longer. ‘It was very special to get to 300 and the way I did it was something of a trademark for me. It doesn’t get any better to join an elite club. 

'For me it’s all about winning Tests but you do have personal goals. The next target for me is trying to chase down Brett Lee, a hero of mine, and if I get the opportunity to reach DK Lillee maybe I’ll finish it there! That would be pretty special. I can’t be any more happier with that.’ 

FOURTH TEST STATS - SUPPLIED BY OPTA 

England have won successive Test matches against Australia at Trent Bridge (2005 and 2013), prior to that they had not won a game against them at the Nottingham based venue since 1977 (L4, D2).

Australia have mustered only one win on English soil in their last nine Test matches against England (D2 L6).

Stuart Broad needs one more wicket to become the fifth Englishman to reach 300 Test wickets and requires five in this match to become the fourth player to take 30 at Trent Bridge.

England beat Australia by just 14 runs the last time these sides faced off at Trent Bridge; the smallest margin recorded in a Test match at this ground (in runs not wickets).

Alastair Cook has the lowest false shot % of any Englishman in this series (18.9%).

Steve Smith needs 59 runs to reach 3,000 Test runs for Australia, if he manages it in this Test it will be his 61st or 62nd innings, only two Australian batsmen have reached the milestone in fewer than 61 innings (Don Bradman & Neil Harvey).

Mitchell Johnson will become Australia’s joint-fourth highest Test wicket taker for the Australians with nine more scalps (level with Brett Lee).

Having only been dismissed once, Mark Wood has a batting average of 45 from four innings so far in this Ashes series; the only Englishman to register a better one is Joe Root (62.6).

Stuart Broad has taken more Test wickets in 2015 than any other player (35).

Of players to face 50 or more balls in this series Moeen Ali has the highest attacking shot rate of any player from either side (38.8%).

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