Moeen Ali insists Mitchell Johnson has no edge over England, declaring Australia’s spearhead has “bowled very well in one innings out of four” during the Ashes.
Ali’s dismissal was the most graphic depiction of Johnson’s express pace amid a woeful collapse at Lord’s on Sunday.
Johnson banged the ball in short, with Ali fending it to substitute fielder Shaun Marsh at short leg as the visitors skittled England for 103 to level the series 1-1.
“I am not worried about it,” said Ali, back home in Birmingham preparing for the third Test that starts on Wednesday.
“I’m still looking to take the short ball on.
“I don’t mind facing him.
“At Cardiff I managed to get a couple away and then at Lord’s I pulled him a few times.
“I know he bowled very well in one innings out of four.”
Ali added that England “took it to” Johnson in their 169-run win at Cardiff.
“He went for a lot of runs and didn’t take many wickets,” he said.
“You’ve got to try to play shots.
“Last year I was just trying to fend them off, but at least at Lord’s I was trying to play it.
“We just went into our shell against all of them. It wasn’t just Mitchell Johnson.”
Ali and Jos Buttler both fell in a double-wicket maiden after tea at Lord’s, which followed a collapse of 5-40 in the middle session on day four.
Ali was bitterly disappointed with the nature of his side’s 405-run loss, but confident they would perform better at Edgbaston.
“I don’t think there is any psychological damage,” he said.
Ali failed to trouble Steve Smith and Chris Rogers in their 284-run stand at Lord’s, however his offspin could be more dangerous on a pitch expected to offer more turn.
David Warner, who has fallen thrice to Ali, recently suggested there was no need to go after Ali as he bowls enough bad balls.
Ali had little interest in responding to Warner’s thoughts.
“They try and play with your mind – whether that’s through the media or speaking to other people, they know the message will get to you,” he said.
“I never said anything to David Warner, I was just really glad I got him out … I’ve got him three times.”