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We will not be fooled by Johnson again: Pietersen

REUTERS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

England batsman Kevin Pietersen speaks to the media yesterday during a press conference ahead for the fourth Ashes cricket Test between Australia and England starting on Sunday in Melbourne.

PHOTO: AFP

England were blindsided by the intensity of paceman Mitchell Johnson’s swing during their third Test defeat to Australia in Perth, but would not be caught out again in Melbourne, batsman Kevin Pietersen warned yesterday.

Johnson ripped apart England’s top order in the first innings with a match-turning six-wicket haul that propelled Australia to an emphatic 267-run victory that leveled the five-match series at 1-1.

Johnson said he had enjoyed taking Pietersen’s wicket and described him as a “smart-arse” after the South Africa-born batsman had asked him teasingly for his phone number so they could be “best mates.”

Johnson declined to give it, and Pietersen, who remains firm friends with Australia’s retired legspinner Shane Warne, confirmed the players were far from being on good terms.

“I don’t have a relationship with Mitchell Johnson,” Pietersen said, repeating himself when pushed to clarify.

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