<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Mitchell Johnson is in good form believes coach Craig McDermott" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131015103416.jpg" title="Mitchell Johnson is in good form believes coach Craig McDermott" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mitchell Johnson has admitted the goading England supporters' group was his Achilles heel during Australia's Ashes humiliation at home three years ago © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydeny: Nov 1, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/England-s/post" target="_blank">England's </a>notoriously raucous Barmy Army fans won't put off rejuvenated paceman <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Johnson/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Johnson</a> in this month's Ashes series, <a href="/tags/Australia-s/post" target="_blank">Australia's</a> fast bowling coach <a href="/tags/Craig-McDermott/post" target="_blank">Craig McDermott </a>said on Friday.<br /> <br /> Johnson has admitted the goading England supporters' group was his Achilles heel during Australia's Ashes humiliation at home three years ago.<br /> <br /> Johnson's possible reappearance is expected to set off the chanting Barmy Army supporters if the left-armer earns an Ashes recall for the November 21 opening Test in Brisbane.<br /> <br /> But McDermott said the in-form Johnson is in a mental and technical position where he will be resolute enough to shrug off his past nightmares and play a leading role for <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke-s/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke's</a> Australia team.<br /> <br /> "He's in a good head space at the moment. I think it would take a lot for that to be taken away from him," McDermott told reporters.<br /> <br /> "He's confident about what he's doing with the ball and the pace that he's bowling, so who cares about the Barmy Army.<br /> <br /> "They're off the field. They don't stop him from getting lbws, caught behinds and clean bowleds, so who really cares about them."<br /> <br /> Johnson has played one-day international cricket exclusively since the fourth Test in Delhi in March, and he is now preparing for the Ashes.<br /> <br /> The 31-year-old is set to play for Western Australia in their four-day Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Perth next week.<br /> <br /> McDermott will fly to Perth to be with 51-Test Johnson throughout the Shield game from next Wednesday before he assembles a first Test fast bowling group in Brisbane on November 14.<br /> <br /> Injuries to James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc have opened up a position in the attack, and former Test paceman McDermott said Johnson has stepped up when required.<br /> <br /> "Certainly the radar guns are saying that over there and the guys are saying he's bowling really quick," he said.<br /> <br /> "He has been moving the ball back into the right handers a little bit so to me his arm path and his seam position seems to be better so we've just got to make sure we keep it that way.<br /> <br /> "It's a little bit different bowling with the red ball (first-class cricket) so for him to play a Shield game in Perth will be important.<br /> <br /> "I just want him to be relaxed. He looks in a tremendous head space at the moment, he looks confident in what he's doing."<br /> <br /> Johnson, who made his Test debut in 2007, has taken 205 wickets in his 51 Tests at 30.93<br /> McDermott is also pleased with front-line quicks<a href="/tags/Ryan-Harris/post" target="_blank"> Ryan Harris</a> and <a href="/tags/Peter-Siddle/post" target="_blank">Peter Siddle</a> and says the likes of <a href="/tags/James-Faulkner/post" target="_blank">James Faulkner</a>, <a href="/tags/Ben-Hilfenhaus/post" target="_blank">Ben Hilfenhaus</a>, <a href="/tags/Josh-Hazlewood/post" target="_blank">Josh Hazlewood</a>, <a href="/tags/Nathan-Coulter-Nile/post" target="_blank">Nathan Coulter-Nile</a> and <a href="/tags/Doug-Bollinger/post" target="_blank">Doug Bollinger</a> are also applying pressure.