Australia need Mitchell Johnson for the second leg of the Ashes, says Brett Lee

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“I want to see Mitchell Johnson back”

Former Australia pace bowler Brett Lee has announced that he was “surprised” by the fact that left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson was not given an opportunity to play in the recently concluded Ashes series, which England won 3-0.

Lee added that with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins both having succumbed to back injuries, Johnson will be play a crucial role when England travel to the Land Down Under for the second leg of the historic series in November.

“I think pace-wise we’ve done pretty well,” Lee said. “The only negative thing you can probably draw upon, and listening to the commentary team over there, was that Australia chose all the same type of bowlers.

“I want to see a Pat Cummins come in, I want to see Mitchell Johnson back.”

Lee also admitted that he was impressed with Johnson when watching him represent the Mumbai Indians in this year’s controversy-marred Indian Premier League (IPL).

“I was surprised that Mitchell Johnson didn’t get the opportunity, and that’s nothing against the guys that went over, they all warranted their spot,” Lee said. “Get some pace in, get some pace back in the Australian team. Get some sort of fear factor going. 130 kms seam up is good. You need that.”

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