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Continual cricket to keep Johnson sharp

By AAP .
16 February 2014 02:55PM EST

CHARGING in and unleashing a cricket ball at speeds of more than 150km/h can't be good for the body.

But 12 Test wickets and career-best form will help alleviate any pain Mitchell Johnson has resulting from his 33.1 overs in the opening Test.

Johnson says he's thrilled at the prospect of a short turnaround before the second Test starts on Thursday in Port Elizabeth.

Johnson and his fellow pacemen will have four days to recover following Australia's 281-run victory over South Africa on Saturday in the opening clash of the three-Test series.

"It's something that we've become used to now. I've played close to 60 Tests and that's how it's been during most of my career," Johnson said.

"You learn how to look after yourself and get your body right."

Johnson said his preference was to play as soon as possible, noting that enforced rest in the recent one-day series at home had hindered his bowling.

"When you're in good form, you want to keep that rolling on," said the left-armer who claimed career-best match figures of 12-127 in the crushing win over the Proteas.

"I probably found that a little bit difficult during the one-day series against England, coming in for two games and not really getting a good rhythm.

"We'll get ourselves right and back into it."

The Australian touring squad has earned an extra day off, and will travel to Port Elizabeth on Monday as originally scheduled.

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