SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Mitchell Johnson is hoping his perspiration in the nets will provide inspiration to Australia’s selectors and earn him a recall for the third Ashes test against England in Perth this week.
Just two years after he was hailed as the world’s best fast bowler, the 29-year-old spent two weeks pounding away in Adelaide and Perth aiming to prove that he can still bowl with the consistency and technique that earned him the plaudit.
“We’ve got him feeling the way he wants to feel,” Australia bowling coach Troy Cooley told yesterday’s The Australian.
“He’s working his backside off. All he wants to do is play well for his country.”
The third Ashes test begins in Perth on tomorrow.