"I'd say Alastair Cook is thinking about retirement." - Mitchell Johnson    Getty Images
“I’d say Alastair Cook is thinking about retirement.” – Mitchell Johnson Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson draws comparison between the 2013-14 Ashes and the ongoing one. He predicts Australia’s 5-0 drubbing over England, stating that the visitors will struggle mentally.

‘Cook cannot find form’

England trail 0-2 after being thrashed in the first two Tests. Australia outplayed them in all the departments, also winning the important sessions and setting the tone of the match. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Johnson reckoned that the struggling Alastair Cook is thinking about his retirement already. Cook has thus far scored a mere 62 runs in four innings.

“England will struggle mentally. You’ve got guys like Alastair Cook struggling. He can’t find form. And I’d say he’s thinking about retirement. He has played 150 Test matches; it’s got to take it out of you,” opined Johnson.

‘Root under pressure’

Joe Root braved the top-class Australian bowling on Day Four of the second Test. It was his resilient knock that kept England in the hunt. However, he could not add any to his overnight score and thus began England’s slump. They lost the match by 120 runs. Root was also criticised for opting to bowl after winning the toss. Johnson believes that Root is under pressure.

“Joe Root is the skipper, and there’s a lot of pressure on him with what’s happening outside the game but also winning the toss and what he did last game was debatable and that’s got to mentally take its toll on him as well. He’ll be questioning and doubting himself.”