Sydney, Sept 21 (ANI): The Australian media has said that recalling pacer Mitchell Johnson for the return Ashes is a big risk, especially against England.
However, the press admitted that injuries to key Australian bowlers like James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins have probably forced the selectors' hands to weigh up the pros and cons of recalling Johnson for the series following the left-armer's impressive showing during the one-day series in England
According to News.com.au, although Johnson has insisted that his consistency has improved following his performance in the ODIs against England, the report said that the biggest flaw in Johnson's game is his mental fragility, which he himself admitted, especially during the 2009 Ashes, that the crowd's taunts got under his skin.
The report mentioned that Johnson had even considered giving up the game after having a torrid time in South Africa almost a year ago.
However, the report further said that the heart of many calls for Johnson's recall is the fact he would add some much-needed pace to the Australian line-up as an attack featuring Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird is in the risk of being one-paced with Starc and Pattinson under injury clouds.
But the report also said that the key difference between Starc and Johnson is that one of Starc's main weapons is the ball that swings in late towards the right-hander as compared to Johnson's past struggles to get the ball to swing back, adding that many of Johnson's wickets came via an outside edge with the ball going across the right-handed batsman.
Even though Johnson's batting is not underrated, the report said that his form with the bat has not been good recently as he made just 35 runs at an average of seven with limited opportunities in the ICC Champions Trophy and recent one-day series. (ANI)