Former Australia fast bowling sensation Mitchell Johnson said that he was not happy with Australia’s Playing XI for the first Ashes Test and would want a change in the team for the second Test scheduled to be held at Lord’s from Wednesday. The veteran pacer said that he would like to see Mitchell Starc in the team instead of his fellow pacer James Pattinson.
“I’d go for Starc and probably have Pattinson out. As much as I want to see (Josh) Hazlewood go well you can’t drop Sidds,” Johnson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“He’s (Starc) been really useful and especially on the slope I think he’d be very good and he just backed up (off-spinner Nathan) Lyon really well. And (Pat) Cummins is in his own little world, just leave him be,” the former pacer added.
The left-arm seamer added that although making a change to the team that won the first Test could be a bit difficult but he would nonetheless go ahead and back Starc.
“It’s hard to change a winning side but I’d like to see Starc still come charging in. The slope comes into it, big time. Left-armer, bit of a different angle.
“We saw in the last Test the (Australian fast bowlers) coming around the wicket a fair bit … I’m not too sure about that. Someone’s got to stay over and one around to left-hand batters. So maybe a left-hand bowler would be ideal,” he opined.
Notably, Mitchell Starc had missed the first Ashes Test but he was clocking in some serious pace in Australia’s tour match against Worcestershire. In his 15.5 over spell, he had a couple of wickets to his credit.