Johnson ready for Test recall

Sportal November 16, 2012, 10:03 am

Despite hitting his best form of the last two years, Mitchell Johnson continues to ignore speculation he may earn a recall to the Australian Test side this summer.

The 30-year-old has not donned the baggy green since picking up a toe injury against South Africa at the Wanderers almost a year ago, but his return of 3-52 in WA's Sheffield Shield victory South Australia at the WACA has brought him firmly back into the selection frame.

"I've gone away from reading the 'papers and listening to all that," he said.

"I've just gone out this year to play cricket for WA and enjoy it.

"That's been my goal and I'm just taking one game at a time.

"People can talk and say what they want, but for me it's just about playing in the moment and I'm doing that and really enjoying it."

When pressed on whether he feels ready to resume his Test career should the call come, however, the 31-year-old confirmed that he is raring to go.

"If an opportunity came up, I definitely feel that I'm ready," he said.

"I think this is the best I've bowled in probably two years to be honest

"And I said it after last week's one-dayer against the Vics, I actually feel I'm in control of what I'm doing.

"I know why I'm bowling well and batting well and for me to feel like that is a bonus."

In addition to impressing with the ball, Johnson also compiled two vital innings of 27 and 38 against the Redbacks and has been delighted with his recent batting performances.

"Batting-wise, I felt really comfortable out there and really enjoyed myself," he said.

"I came in in a pretty tight situation and it could have been a different game altogether if Triff (Tom Triffitt) and myself didn't put a partnership on and Beery (Michael Beer) hadn't helped out as well.

"There was a lot of pressure on me when I first came out to bat because I was pretty chirpy during the first bowling innings.

"I was trying to get our boys up and get into SA's ears a little bit, so I copped a bit when I got out there, but that drives me and I really enjoyed the situation we were in.

"That's the best I've batted for a long time now and hopefully I can continue that."

The convincing 110-run victory over South Australia was the Warriors' first Sheffield Shield success of the season and with incoming coach Justin Langer vowing to restore the state's cricketing pride, Johnson feels that both he and his team-mates are very much on the up.

"It's all coming together for me," he said.

"I'm really enjoying my cricket and it's great to have a win.

"We've been under the pump for a couple of weeks, so to have the support from the members here today and a few others around the ground as well was great.

"The guys worked really hard throughout this game and that was one of our themes, to keep working hard session after session.

"We felt like we'd done a little bit of that in Victoria but didn't finish off, whereas today we finished it off and it feels great to go in there and sing the team song.

"I'm still trying to learn all the words, but it's great to hear it and see the boys all happy and smiling."

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  1. Rod02:45pm Saturday 17th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Get in line Mitch, you're about # 9 or 10 now.

  2. Steve11:15am Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Any effort against the Redbacks "house of cards" batting line-up needs to be put into context. The only current squad member that Mitch could replace would be Starc; and he is on the cusp of selection, having not put a foot wrong for a longer period of time than a (possibly) re-invigorated Johnson.




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