Sydney: Dec 12, 2013
Merv Hughes has reportedly urged the Australian selection panel to not overtax Mitchell Johnson, as it may potentially lead to a premature end of his career.
Hughes, a supporter of the rotation policy believes that a prudent approach with the star left-armer could have him play more and become only the fifth Australian to pass 300 wickets.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hughes said that Australia may not have looked after the paceman during his early days.
Hughes said that the players don’t want to be rested but to get longevity in this day and age and Johnson is capable of playing all forms of the game if he is taken care of.
The report said that Johnson, with 222 wickets from 53 Tests, is the man most likely to be the next inductee into Australia’s exclusive 300 club, of which only Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee and Brett Lee hold membership.
Johnson, at his rate of 4.19 wickets a game, is expected to pass the milestone in the next two years if he stays fit.
Hughes further said that if Johnson continues to take four wickets a Test match, which he’s capable of doing, it adds up and he’d have another three or four years in him, the report added.
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