Sydney, Nov 27(ANI): Mitchell Johnson has claimed he is ready to bowl against South Africa in the Perth Test, starting on Friday, after he was handed the chance to bowl himself back into the Test team for Australia's series-decider against South Africa.
The selectors stacked the squad with fast bowlers to provide cover for Peter Siddle, who bowled himself to exhaustion in an unsuccessful effort to win the Adelaide Test, and to a lesser extent Ben Hilfenhaus.
Rob Quiney was omitted to accommodate the return of Shane Watson and, as expected, Ricky Ponting lives to fight another day.
Johnson claimed 4-103 from 30 overs against South Australia in Hobart on Monday and cracked the helmet of Tim Paine with a vicious bouncer.
"I know exactly where I'm bowling the ball," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Johnson, as saying.
"That consistency is right up there again so I'm really happy with how things are going and if the opportunity came along again I'm definitely ready for it," he added. (ANI)