25 Jul 2009

Mitchell's mum says she's not to blame

5:05 am on 25 July 2009

Mitchell Johnson's mother says she is not to blame for her son's poor bowling form at the Ashes.

The 27-year-old fast bowler struggled for line and length in the second test at Lord's, prompting calls he should be dropped for the third test at Edgbaston.

Johnson's mother, Vikki Harber, told Australian media ahead of the series that her son had hardly contacted her since marrying karate champion and model Jessica Bratich and that she hadn't spoken to him since January.

Former Australian captain Kim Hughes says the pair's rift before the series may have dented the Johnson's confidence.

Harber had also delivered a broadside at Cricket Australia for allowing wives and girlfriends on the Ashes tour but not parents saying their presence wouldn't the kind of "bitchiness" that might occur between wives and girlfriends.