5 Mar 2010

Mr Cricket says Australia need to focus on playing not head butting

6:33 am on 5 March 2010

Michael Hussey has urged his Australian teamate Mitchell Johnson to focus on cricket on not let his emotions run away with him, ahead of tomorrow's second one dayer against New Zealand in Auckland.

Johnson avoided a suspension for his head-butt to the helmet of New Zealand batsman Scott Styris during the opening one dayer in Napier on Wednesday but was fined 60 percent of his match fee.

Hussey, says while Johnson is a passionate player, the fiery pace bowler should be wary of getting too fired up to the detriment of the side.

Hussey says the players haven't spoken about the incident but the game doesn't need that type of intensity and believes Australia's a better side when they concentrate on playing cricket.

The loss to the Black Caps Napier broke a 13 game winning streak for the tourists, who've lost their past five one dayers in New Zealand, dating back to 2005.