Johnson’s ‘going to shake the English side up’, says Shane Warne

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“His role’s going to be [to] go out [and] just bowl quick”

Former Australia spin king Shane Warne has announced that left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson is “going to shake the English side up” during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane since he is bowling with “some serious pace”.

Johnson has already issued a warning to the England batsmen, stating that he will be targeting their ribs and throats.

“He’s forced his way in through bowling some serious pace,” Warne said. “He’s going to shake the English side up.

“He’s a bit older, a bit more mature and knows his role a bit better, knows his body better, knows how he bowls. His role’s going to be [to] go out [and] just bowl quick.”

Warne also back the national selectors’ decision to include George Bailey in the Ashes team, especially after his outstanding performance during Australia’s limited over tour of India, where he scored 478 runs, including a career-best 156, at a spectacular average of 95.60.

“If a guy’s in form it’s pretty hard to resist,” Warne said. “He’s been consistent in making those runs and the way he’s been getting them.”

The 44-year-old added that Cricket Australia were smart to name the Ashes squad well before the start of the first Test, which gets underway on November 21.

“They all look happy, they’re all in form, so all the signs have been good for Australia,” Warne said. “England were the better side in England in the last Ashes series. They deserve to be favourites for this series. But we’re on Australia’s turf. It’s time for our guys to put their hand up.”

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