Johnson and Bollinger are looking to get back into the Australian squad
Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he is extremely glad to see pace bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger back in form.
Bollinger and Johnson have not played much international cricket in the past year due to injuries and inconsistency, but Clarke will be pleased to have them back since it will give him more bowling options to choose from before the start of Australia’s home series against South Africa in November.
Bollinger and Johnson both announced that their next aim was to regain their spots on the Australia Test roster ahead of the South Africa series.
Clarke noted that Bollinger was progressing exceptionally well and that he was returning to his best after having faced him in the nets.
News.com.au quoted Clarke as saying: “I have faced him in the nets the last week or so and I think it is as quick as I have seen him bowl. He is as fit as he has been and he’s spoken to me a lot about what he has to do to get into the Australian team, that was a good start today, and if he can keep bowling like that and taking wickets, I can’t see any reason why he can’t get back playing for Australia.”
Johnson, who has represented Australia in 47 Tests and won the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2009, also impressed Clarke a lot.
“Mitch’s first six or seven overs today were outstanding. He swung the ball, which is good to see, and bowled good pace, it is great to see Mitch back bowling well and it is about putting performances on the board,” Clarke added.