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Mitch has 'unfinished business'

Aussie pace bowler determined to avenge 2009 heartache

Johnson: Point to prove

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Australia strike bowler Mitchell Johnson has stoked the fire ahead of the upcoming Ashes series by admitting he has "unfinished business" with England.

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The left-arm paceman has struggled against the old enemy to-date, never more so than during the 2009 series where the new ball was eventually taken off him by captain Ricky Ponting.

Speaking ahead of the 2010-11 series, Johnson is now determined to produce his most destructive form when play begins at Brisbane on November 25.

Johnson told Wisden Cricketer magazine: "I really have unfinished business with England. I didn't show the real me last time so I'm desperate to make up for that now.

"I am more confident and more prepared now so I know I can knock over guys like (captain Andrew) Strauss and (Kevin) Pietersen. I have some plans for them this time.

"Anyway, despite my problems, I did it last year too, and after facing them in five Tests I know a lot more about them. You will see a different bowler, no doubt about it."

Recalling the 2009 series, where Johnson recovered well to take 20 wickets, he added: "It was heart-breaking. Ricky (Ponting) told us all to get out of the changing room and go down there and watch England lift the Ashes, he wanted us to feel that pain.

"All my problems of the previous few months came to the surface, so it brought a tear to my eye. It was horrible, I felt sick, it was like a numbness, and I don't want to go through that ever again."