Australia’s man of the series in the last year’s Ashes still has a long way to go and currently can’t be compared to the legend Wasim Akram, says Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.

Waqar says his former team mate Wasim Akram is a legend in his own way. “I won’t comapre anyone to Wasim”, Waqar told in a media conference in Dubai ahead of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia.

“He is a legend and has done wonderful things for Pakistan over a year or so. Johnson has a long way to go if he wants to be compared with Wasim, but yes he is definitely a threat and a very fine bowler”

Waqar even added that Johnson has improved a lot in these years.

“There is no doubt that he is an X-factor. He is the most improved bowler in the last few year”, Waqar said

“Initially in his career he had not been that big a threat but in the last two to three years, he has definitely changed his mode and has become a lot better bowler”

“He is more attacking and we know that they may use him in short spells and look for wickets from him. He is a fine bowler”

Mitchell Johnson’s Test career

Age: 32
Test span – 2007-2014*
Matches – 59
Bowling record – 64 wickets at 27.42 with 12 five-fors and 3 10-wicket haul in Test matches.

Wasim Akram’s Test career

Age: 48
Test span – 1985-2002
Matches – 104
Bowling record – 414 wickets at 23.62 including 25 five-fors and 5 10-wicket haul in Test matches.