I'll play chicken with the Aussies: Johnston

The Irish all-rounder celebrates wickets by flapping his elbows.

Johnston celebrates after dismissing Sehwag in the 2011 World Cup. Ireland all-rounder and former captain Trent Johnston said he would love to do his famous chicken dance at the fall of every Australian wicket during this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

"Hopefully we'll get to see it again in Sri Lanka - who knows, Mr.(Dave) Warner or Mr.(Shane) Watson might have to look at it, as they're walking off," the former Wollongong seamer grins.

Johnston's party trick is celebrating wickets by flapping his elbows while jigging from one foot to the other in front of international cricket crowds.

According to new.com.au, this 38-year-old Australian expat who traded in his fading hopes of wearing the Baggy Green to embrace Ireland's shamrock green has already dished one out to Adam Gilchrist during the 2007 one-day World Cup.

Sure, the Irishmen were only defending 91, and soon after lost by nine wickets in the 13th over, but that still didn't stop Johnston busting out his disco shuffle.

And, given half a chance this Wednesday night, the former skipper of his adopted nation plans to unleash the poultry polka when Ireland takes on Australia in their opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup in Colombo.

"It all started with me being a young little upstart when I played grade cricket down in Wollongong, where I grew up," Johnston said.

"I just went out on the dance floor one night and a couple of the old boys said I danced like a chicken," he recalled.

"Then, back in 2007, (Ireland teammate) Dave Langford-Smith brought out the 'ferret dance', which is his little party dance. So, I thought if I was lucky enough to get a wicket in the World Cup, maybe I'll strut a few moves on the cricket field. It certainly has grown legs and kept running. It's a bit of fun, just a bit of banter," he said.

Last week, Ireland were No. 9 in Twenty20 cricket. Australia were 10th.

George Bailey's men have since just snuck ahead, but cricket's official ladders say this Twenty20 clash should go down to the wire.

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