Hard preparation was the secret behind my success: Johnson

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Bangalore, Oct 11 (UNI) Australian medium pacer Mitchell Johnson today said the hard preparation he had undergone and bowling to a set plan was the reasons behind his four wicket haul that wrecked the Indian top order on the third day of the first Test today.

Speaking to reporters after the day's play, he said his first Test in India would stay long in his memory.

''I took bowling in India as a challenge and thankfully I succeeded,'' he said.

He refused to accept the argument that the Bangalore wicket was a graveyard for pace bowlers.

''I do not want to call it a graveyard for pace bowlers, it was the wicket which was not helping the pace bowlers. But things may change in the next two days,'' he remarked.

When asked why there was altercation between Watson and Zaheer when the Indian pacer had hit the Aussie all-rounder for two fours, he said, ''I don't know anything about it, but I feel the game has to be played in good spirit.'' Watson was warned by umpire Asad Rauf and the Pakistani umpire also had warned Captain Ricky Ponting about the behaviour of Watson.

About his strategy for the next two days, Johnson said,''we have come to win and tomorrow we are going to field with this in mind.

We will give our best effort to make our strategy work in our favour.'' UNI MSP-RS AB HS1923

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