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Johnson hoping for bouncy SCG pitch

January 03, 2015 11:33:07 UK

Mitchell Johnson is keen to find his best form in the final Test against India.

Mitchell Johnson admits he’s been disappointed that the wickets for the first three Tests in the series against India have been relatively benign.

Johnson is expected to be fit for the final Test in Sydney, despite having missed training on Saturday with hamstring soreness.

The left-armer stayed in the team’s hotel to receive treatment and could be replaced by Mitchell Starc if he is ruled unfit.
Australia have had a successful series, and will take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the fourth and final Test at the SCG from Tuesday where they are 1.72 to secure the win.

The one thing the matches have been missing, from Johnson’s point of view, is the kind of bouncy pitch he loves.

He has taken 13 wickets at 35.53 so far, putting him second on Australia’s list behind spinner Nathan Lyon.

It’s likely the pitch in Sydney will be more of the same, which is why selectors have added Ashton Agar to the squad as a second spinner.

But Johnson, who isĀ 3.50 to be Australia’s top first innings bowler, says he’d be delighted if there was something in the wicket for the pace men.

The 33-year-old, who claimed 37 wickets in the five-Test Ashes series last year, said: “I am hoping there will be a bit of grass on the wicket, something that is fast and bouncy, we haven’t seen that this series which is a bit of a shame.”

He added: “There was a lot of talk when they beat us 4-0 (in India) that they were looking forward to coming over to our fast bouncy wickets. But it has been a little bit disappointing that they haven’t been as good as a fast bowler would like.

“I even thought the ‘Gabba wasn’t the normal ‘Gabba. There was a bit of bounce there but it just wasn’t the same. Wickets have been suited for the batters more than anything.”

Johnson said earlier this week he would seek shorter spells to give him the chance to maximise his pace.

He has been around 10km/h down this series compared to his speed in previous series against England and South Africa, when he was used in short bursts of around three overs.

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