"Mitchell Johnson has this 'aura' about him, the frightening presence that all great sportsmen have," says Dean Jones © Getty Images (File Photo)
“Mitchell Johnson has this ‘aura’ about him, the frightening presence that all great sportsmen have,” says Dean Jones © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 10, 2014

Mitchell Johnson, one of the most feared fast-bowlers in the world could, according to Dean Jones, turn out to be a nightmare for batsmen.

“Johnson is one fast bowler who has the X factor, which means he is feared by batsmen. He consistently bowls good heat over 150kmph,” said Jones in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jones said that Johnson gets the aggressive look on his face which reminds one of the likes of Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, Curtly Ambrose, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Malcolm Marshall. “He has this ‘aura’ about him, the frightening presence that all great sportsmen have,” said Jones.

Jones said that after claiming the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the best cricketer in the world in 2009, he suffered a number of fitness issues which resulted in him losing from, line, direction, and especially his bounce. However, after some good training from Craig McDermott and Dennis Lillee, he got his form back along with the bounce.

“With Johnson approaching 33, Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann have to be very careful how they use him in the next five months. He will have to bowl short, sharp spells. Only use him in matches when a series win is dependent on him. If he gets injured it will create major concerns for the Australian selectors, who also have to deal with many other bowlers facing fitness issues: Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Starc and Shane Watson,” said Jones.

“Johnson is loved by the younger generation. He has reached cult-hero status with a generation that hasn’t seen the quality express pace he offers. There is a buzz around the ground when he has the ball. But if Australia wants to have a successful summer, it needs Johnson fit and ready to hurt someone,” he added.