Johnson believes he still has a chance of making his international comeback
Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has dismissed claims that his international career is over after posting up rather disappointing figures in Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cup matches in the past couple of weeks.
In two Sheffield Shield matches and one Ryobi cup match, Johnson recorded figures of 3-135 from 38 overs, which shows that he is still not ready to make his international return.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Johnson as saying: “I don’t think you can read the paper and see the results and see a true result from that. I feel like I’ve been bowling well. I am really enjoying playing Shield cricket at the moment. I still feel like I need to play a few more games there to really get myself to where I want to be. I’m not far away, it [rhythm] is getting to where I want to be. I know what I’m doing. In 2009 things were going pretty well but I didn’t know why, whereas now I actually know why it’s happening.”
Australia Twenty20 superstar Glenn Maxwell also defended Johnson’s performance over the past couple of weeks, stating that he had been extremely impressed with the amount of effort Johnson had put into his bowling.
“The first one I faced went a fair margin and Finchy even noticed at the other end, which is pretty surprising when a bowler is bowling that fast you actually see it swing from the other end. It’s tough work and he bowled really well, that’s not the case at all – comfortably not the case at all. He bowled really well, fast and really had us on the back foot and we were just really trying to get through that spell,” Maxwell said.