Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wants England’s batsmen to “fear” him as he aims to reclaim his Test place for this winter’s Ashes.
Johnson, 31, is in the Twenty20 and one-day squads to face England, but was overlooked for the 3-0 Ashes defeat. He is set to play in tomorrow’s Twenty20 game at Durham, with Australia 1-0 up in the two-match series.
“I’d love to get back playing Test match cricket and play in the next Ashes series,” said Johnson. “When I first started playing cricket one of the main reasons I wanted to play was to get out batsmen — and to be able to hopefully put a bit of fear into their eyes. That’s why I want to play. At the moment I’m really enjoying myself.”
Johnson took two wickets and hit 93mph on the speed gun in Thursday’s 39-run win in the first Twenty20 international at the Rose Bowl. The left-armer is regarded as a figure of fun among England fans for his wayward bowling in previous Ashes series. The emergence of young bowlers such as James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, plus a toe injury that kept him sidelined for most of last year, has seen him fall out of favour in the Test set-up.
But Johnson, who has taken 205 wickets in 51 Tests, believes he can still win his first Ashes series this winter. He added: “I’ve felt like my bowling is exactly where I want it to be now. I’m bowling with good pace and when the conditions are right I can swing the ball. I can bowl that good short ball again.” (BBC)