Johnson has the potential to become even quicker, says Craig McDermott

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“A bloke coming at you at 150 kph or 155 kph, with a slinging action, is not a lot of fun”

Australia fast bowling coach Craig McDermott has revealed that left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has the potential to become even quicker.

Johnson has bowled deliveries above 150 kph (93 mph) in the ongoing Ashes series, but McDermott believes he can bowl even quicker than that, especially since the next Test is in his hometown of Perth.

“I’d like to see…at his home ground, being in front of his adopted state, Western Australia…what the adrenaline does to his pace,” McDermott said. “Not forgetting that it’s not all about speed. It’s about making sure that the ball is in the right spot and that is what Mitchell has done since his return to international cricket, both in the shorter form and in Test matches.

“He has been able to bowl a good line [and] length, mixed up with some very good short-pitched bowling.”

McDermott added that England’s batsmen have been overwhelmed by Johnson’s pace and bounce.

“I’m sure they think about it a fair bit,” he said. “A bloke coming at you at 150 kph or 155 kph, with a slinging action, is not a lot of fun let me tell you.”

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