Indian affection pushes Johnson to centre-stage

For his durability, experience and current run of strong form, Mitchell Johnson is looming as a central player in Australia’s plans for the Test matches against India.

There is something else that will also enhance Johnson’s chances of taking on a major role for the tourists, an attitude more so than an attribute. Johnson enjoys bowling in India, loves the feel provided by the SG ball, and has no qualms whatsoever about the adversity destined to be faced by all fast men on the subcontinent.

Across six Test matches in India, Johnson’s returns have been serviceable rather than spectacular – 21 wickets at 37.23 – but he has developed an affinity for the region and its conditions. The captain Michael Clarke and the coach Mickey Arthur value his ability to deliver long spells and summon the occasional burst of reverse swing, despite conditions that could not be more different from Johnson’s happiest hunting ground at the WACA. Read more
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