The Ashes 2013-14: Mitchell Johnson allays fears over fitness issues

Mitchell Johnson is fit and ready for the Ashes contest © Getty Images

Oct 30, 2013

With fast bowler Mitchell Johnson training for long hours at Nagpur, the injury cloud over him has been put to rest. He bowled at his optimum pace at the nets ahead of the sixth One-Day International against India.

There were fears that Johnson had picked up a side strain in India and there was a chance of him missing the Ashes series.

Johnson’s One-Day teammate, Xavier Doherty told Sydney Morning Herald, “He bowled fast enough for me not to want to go into his net, I can tell you that much. I had the option (of going into his net) and I chose not to. I faced the spinners for 20 minutes.”

He continued, “There’s no [fitness] issue with Mitch.”

Johnson has proved to be the telling difference between both teams in the One-Day International series played in India. He has touched 150km/h regularly. If fit, there is ever chance of him playing the first Test against England at Gabba on November 21st.

Doherty opined, “From my point of view he’s been the standout from both teams. He’s the guy that we go to anytime we need a wicket or to restrict those runs. He’s got that extra pace – he’s 10-15 kms quicker than anyone else playing in this series.

“On wickets with any sort of grass he’s a real weapon for us.”I know there’s been a lot of runs scored and a lot of big scores, but from my point of view Mitch has been man of the series so far for me,” Doherty stated.

Australia is already down with injuries to quickies like James Pattionson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and Pat Cummins. The Australian squad for the first test will be picked on November 12th.