Aussie bowlers know they have to aim up in Perth

GOT HIM: Mitch Johnson dismisses Brendon McCullum. He’s now targeting Kiwi gun Kane Williamson.
GOT HIM: Mitch Johnson dismisses Brendon McCullum. He’s now targeting Kiwi gun Kane Williamson. Chris Hyde Getty

MITCHELL Johnson says he thinks about retirement almost every day but it won't distract him from targeting Kane Williamson in the second Test in Perth starting tomorrow.

Williamson was the thorn in the side of Johnson and his Australian teammates, scoring a century and a half-century in New Zealand's 208-run loss at the Gabba.

Johnson said the Aussie bowling attack needed to perform better against Williamson, who this week moved up to fifth in the world in the Test batting rankings, but he was looking forward to the challenge and for now, any thought of retirement can wait.

"I think about it most days," Johnson said when asked about when he would hang up the boots.

"It's getting to that time, to be honest, but I am just going to go out there, play each game and enjoy it.

"Who knows when it's going to be? It could be after this game. I might say 'I'm done'. But I am still enjoying my cricket and enjoying the challenge."

One of those challenges is trying to contain Williamson.

Johnson said the Aussie bowlers let him off the hook in the first Test at the Gabba but promised they would give him more of a tough time on Johnson's adopted home track at the WACA.

"You always want to challenge yourself against the best players," Johnson said.

"That's something I learned from the likes of Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee. I had watched him (Williamson) play but I didn't realise how good a player he is.

"He can play all the shots and he looked pretty good in defence.

"It's a really good challenge and I am really looking forward to going against him out there (the WACA) on a ground I really enjoy bowling on.

"He's obviously in very good form and he's going to go into this game with a lot of confidence, but as a bowling unit if we can bowl better to him then we will be in the game a bit more."

Johnson's Western Australian and Aussie teammate Adam Voges was also looking forward to playing on his home deck, where he has played 53 first-class matches and averages 43.03.

Voges, who made 83 at the Gabba in the first Test, said playing at the WACA was obviously an advantage, adding: "It's home. I've grown up playing here.

"Whatever the pitch is, it's nothing I haven't seen or experienced before.

"I've had some really good success here over the last couple of years," he said.

"So I'll take a great deal of confidence out of not only last week (in Brisbane), but coming home and batting on my home strip."

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