De Winter believes it is only a matter of time before Johnson is back in the national team
Australia bowling coach Ali de Winter has announced that pace bowler Mitchell Johnson is well on his way to being recalled into the Test squad, and also hinted at the possibility of him being included in the national team for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.
Johnson’s recent form is a breath of fresh air after having battled with injuries and bowling inconsistencies for the entire year.
“He’s probably still in the mix, I think he’s started the season really well in terms of Sheffield Shield cricket. He bowled very well in our tour to Dubai in the one-day tournament,” de Winter said.
Earlier in his career, Johnson was a fast and mean bowling machine, but as of late, he has been more of a let down than anyone could have ever imagined.
During the 2010-2011 Ashes series, Johnson was constantly the target of banter by the England fans, and as a result, his bowling went downhill at an alarming rate.
But, given all the things in the past, de Winter believes Johnson will bounce back and prove his critics wrong.
“He’s in a really good headspace, he’s really fit and he’s bowling as well as he has for quite a long time. It’s great to have him back in the mix and it gives us a great choice when it comes to selection, particularly with his left-arm bowling,” de Winter added.
Having taken 190 Test wickets, it is clear Johnson is no slouch when it comes to pace bowling, and he will be looking to regain his spot on the Test roster when South Africa come to town.