Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed an unknown story between him and Shane Watson in their early playing days. Both Johnson and Watson enjoy a great friendship between them and are one of the well-known friends in the cricketing world during their playing days in international cricket.
In his newly published autobiography Resilient, Johnson recalls the days in 2000 when he went to the Cricket Academy which was headed by current Aussie selector Rod Marsh, the likes of Ian Chappell and others. Since it was a male establishment, there used to be a number of rumbles and wrestles here and there.
Despite their genuine friendship, the duo had a very rocky start to their relationship as Johnson explained the incident himself in his autobiography.
“Every night we’d pile into the common room and watch Neighbours before dinner,” Johnson wrote in his autobiography Resilient, which released on Monday. “I was always a bit willing as every time there was an ad break there would be an all-in wrestle on the floor until the show started again.
“In one wrestle I was dragged through the door and into the bathroom by a heap of guys and somebody pushed my head into the toilet. I wasn’t impressed and the red mist descended. Somehow I managed to break free and I grabbed whoever it was by the front of the shirt as I got up and someone grabbed mine.
“I raised my right fist and he did the same. Then we looked at each other. It was Watto. I think we both looked at each other and thought: Nah, I’m not going to hit him, he’s my mate, and put our fists down at the same time. I can’t say I wasn’t angry. It took me a few days to get over it.”
Johnson who has quit the international cricket a few years ago has also revealed that former Australian coach Mickey Arthur had said that he is spending too much time with Watson. But the pacer ignored others’ comments as the duo has enjoyed a great friendship between them.
“Mickey told me I spent too much time with Watto and that was the real issue here. I was told we were too close like we were a faction or something. I am sorry but you can’t help but be close to a bloke you have been playing cricket with since you were 19.”