The last few months might not have been great for Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, but he is far from finished. The pace sensation from Western Australia admitted that the time he spent at home after a disappointing Ashes campaign was somber for him. However, Johnson admitted that after playing a few domestic games in Australia, he was absolutely fit and raring to go.
“The six-week period I had at home was quite difficult, to be honest,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play or not. I played the Matador Cup games and the Shield game and I started to get a bit of fire in the belly. I really wanted to see how I was going to feel out here. It’s so great to be out playing in front of people.” “I think that’s something that when I do retire I’ll miss. I remember standing out in the last Test in England at The Oval and thinking what Bucky (Chris Rogers) and Michael were going to be thinking with their last couple of deliveries, what’s the feeling going through them, and I started to feel that a little bit as well. But I’m really ready for this summer now. I feel like getting out there and bowling. I am committed and raring,” Johnson said.
Johnson also accepted the fact that being the most experienced member of the unit, it was his duty to ensure the development of the side. “I think it’s a really important period for me around this squad with a lot of young guys in there, Smithy being a young captain, I feel like I can help out in a lot of ways,” Johnson said. “As long as I’m committed to it and want to play, I’ll be here for the summer and trying to help out as much as I can.”
Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann too admitted that Johnson’s experience was crucial to the Aussie setup. “We love his experience and what he brings to the table; he can turn a game very much like he did in that spell with Mitchell Starc in that first innings, where they lost four in 20 balls. So that’s great for us. At the end of the day we’ve got some good depth coming through so I’m not too worried about our fast-bowling department to be honest,” Lehmann said.