Former Australian great Dennis Lillee backs Mitchell Johnson to come good

Mitchell Johnson picked up two wickets against South Africa in the first innings at Perth Getty Images

Sydney: Dec 1, 2012

Former Australia pacer Dennis Lillee believes that Mitchell Johnson, who has returned to the Test fold after almost a year, will be a vital cog in next year s Ashes series against England.

While Australia have an array of fast-bowlers to select from, a list which includes Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, Patrick Cummins and others, Lillee believes Johnson can play a key role
“He’s finally decided that he’s going to that second phase as a fast bowler and that’s one that he’s not going to blast guys out,” Lillee was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“He’s going to bowl some variety, he’s going to concentrate on a really good line and length and sort of play that support role a bit more. I thought the way he’s bowled so far in (the Sheffield) Shield and the way he bowled in this Test is an indication that he’s on song with all that, and he’s happy in his mind about that,” he added.

“You haven’t seen any of the balls going wide of off stump, wide of leg stump. There is some technical work we’ve done with him but it’s also about him being convinced he’s going to that second phase,” Lille concluded