Islamabad, Nov 2: Australia’s fast bowling coach Craig McDermott has said that Mitchell Johnson is in good head space at the moment, and it would take a lot for that to be taken away from him.
According to the Dawn, Johnson’s possible reappearance is expected to set off the chanting Barmy Army supporters if the left-armer earns an Ashes recall for the November 21 opening Test in Brisbane.
However, McDermott said the in-form Johnson is in a mental and technical position where he will be resolute enough to shrug off his past nightmares and play a leading role for Michael Clarke’s Australia team.
Johnson has played one-day international cricket exclusively since the fourth Test in Delhi in March, and he is now preparing for the Ashes, the report said.
The 31-year-old is set to play for Western Australia in their four-day Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Perth next week, the report added.
McDermott will fly to Perth to be with 51-Test Johnson throughout the Shield game from next Wednesday before he assembles a first Test fast bowling group in Brisbane on November 14, the report further said
Injuries to James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc have opened up a position in the attack, and former Test paceman McDermott said Johnson has stepped up when required, according to the report. (ANI)