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Johnson’s last Test match came against India in March
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has tormented the Indian batsmen throughout the ongoing seven-match ODI series, has flown home in order to get some much-needed practice prior to the start of the first Ashes Test against arch-rivals England on November 21 in Brisbane.
Johnson is highly likely to represent Western Australia in two Sheffield Shield matches prior to the start of the historic series.
“Mitch has performed very well in India,” Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard said. “However, we believe it is best for his preparation ahead of a busy summer to have him return home to increase his bowling loads in preparation for the Ashes Test window.”
Johnson was not selected for the last Ashes series, which Australia lost 3-0, and the big concern is whether he can replicate his limited overs form in Test cricket.
Australia Test bowling coach Craig McDermott will work closely alongside Johnson as the left-arm seamer’s last Test match came against India in March.
The baggy greens will be counting on Johnson to be at his best when the Ashes begin as they have already lost James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird to back injuries.
Johnson is likely to represent Western Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia on November 6 and again on November 13.