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“His action is good, he’s bowling with good pace, you can’t buy that stuff on the shelf”
Legendary Australia captain and batsman Allan Border has announced that left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson should be given a license to “bust some heads” during the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway tomorrow in Brisbane.
Border’s comments come after it was reported that Johnson was having little difficulty with bowling deliveries at 150km/h to 155km/h.
Border also noted that captain Michael Clarke should tell Johnson to solely concentrate on taking wickets and not to worry about the number of runs he concedes.
“Give (Johnson) a bit of license to bust some heads; that’s what I’d be telling him,” Border said. “And don’t worry about the runs per over type scenario.
“You’ve got to take 20 wickets. If you’re going for five runs an over and you’re getting a wicket every three overs, who cares?”
Border added that Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris could do the job of keeping the run rate down, piling on the pressure and taking a wicket or two as well.
“His action is good, he’s bowling with good pace, you can’t buy that stuff on the shelf,” Border said about Johnson. “Being left-handed, that variety and the pace, he could cause some awkward moments.
“He might not do it all day every day but there will be periods where he will be very, very difficult to play against.”