8 Mar 2010

Ponting happy with Johnson playing up to crowd

11:20 am on 8 March 2010

The Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he's fine with fast bowler Mitchell Johnson playing up to the crowd, as long as he keeps bowling the way he did in Saturday's second one dayer in Auckland.

Johnson took four wickets as Australia levelled the five match series against New Zealand at one all.

Johnson was subjected to plenty of taunts by the crowd after his run in with Black Caps allrounder Scott Styris in Napier but Ponting was unperturbed.

The crowd is expected to get involved just as much in tomorrow's match in Hamilton.