Mitchell Johnson must play in Perth: Hayden

By Martin Smith, Yahoo!7 November 28, 2012, 4:36 pm

Former Test opener Matthew Hayden has called on Australian selectors to gamble on "erratic" paceman Mitchell Johnson for the third Test against South Africa in Perth.

Johnson hasn't played a Test for Australia for over 12 months after form and fitness deserted him on Australia's tour of South Africa last year.

On Monday, the left-armer won a recall to the Test squad on the back of some strong domestic form and an impressive record at the WACA Ground.

Hayden says Johnson's unpredictability is his biggest strength and called on Australia to unleash the 31-year-old in short bursts against the Proteas.

"I think Mitch is a dynamic bowler. I think in Perth as well the conditions will suit him," Hayden told 7News.

"Mitch has been trialed for a long time in the Australian cricket team. He's had a lot of success but he's erratic in his style.

"But that also makes him dangerous as well. I know first-hand from facing Mitch in the nets, you could have balls at you that come out of nowhere at good pace and they get you out.

"I think he's someone that can be used in explosive sessions, in explosive spells and get a result."

The three-match series is locked at 0-0 after South Africa salvaged a draw in Adelaide, thanks mainly to a fighting unbeaten century from debutant Faf du Plessis.

Hayden admits that the Proteas' impressive rearguard in the second Test will see them take the momentum with them to Perth.

But the 103-Test veteran says Australia will finally see the fruits of their dominance in Perth.

"There's a lot of momentum gone against (Australia) in this last day," Hayden said.

"They’ve still got to understand that they had the winning hand. South Africa weren't even in the Test match, they were just trying to save it. That would have taken some momentum and a moral victory away from Australia, but for me Australia are looking strong."

Hayden was disappointed that Nathan Lyon couldn't spin Australia to victory in Adelaide, but backed him to hold in place in the side for the third Test.

Watch the video at the top of the page to see Hayden's analysis of the Adelaide Test and his preview of the third Test

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  1. underarm_bowler11:03am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    how do the poms beat India in India? put an Indian in its team. How do the poms beat Australia, put south africans in their team. How do the poms beat south africa, they cant as no aussies will play for the poms

  2. underarm_bowler11:00am Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LOLOL The poms are wankers in life and sport. They nearly lost the war to the Germans but thanks to the Aussies and the Yanks prevailed. They have had to rely on the though bronzed Aussies to bale them out of losing all wars and rely on us to show you how to play sports and be champions.They can only win on their own dirty soil and as history has shown they are reduced to a pathetic squandering country outside of their own confines. The only war they could win is the Falklands and even then it was close. Great Brittan are useless at sport and have shown that even they invented the game cricket have been smashed by every country from pillar to post. It took them a quarter of a decade to beat Australia in Australia. It takes four countries, England Scotland Wales and Ireland to which they can draw sports people from and even then they fail. Great Brittan, what’s great about it, has been kicked out of every country it invaded. They sent the convicts to Australia and now they are kicking down the doors to immigrate there. Their queen (not ours) is a taxrapist who rips of her own people so she can live a life of luxury. England, or as it’s known, little Pakistan, is now ruled by Muslims. We all sit back and laugh at you as you sing rule Britannia as you rule no one now. We laugh even more how you “keep a stiff upper lip” and drink your cups of tea and have cucumber sandwiches with your little pinky extended. We continue to laugh how you still don’t know how to shower, hence the name smelly pom. Your country is no longer a financial leader as you still haven’t recovered from the pounding the Germans gave you. Not only are you wankers in sport but you are wankers in life or as you pommy bustards say “tossers”. No wonder your country is run by a queen. We shall always be your masters in life and you will always be humble to us. Your miserable country with your miserable weather has produced many a lilly white pom. No wonder Australia has had to control the large influx of lilly white poms running away from not great Brittan. Even America kicked your backsides in a war. From rule the world you can’t even rule your own streets. And when you do get to Australia we all laugh how you welt like rotten fruit under our summer. Still Australia needs poms as we need someone to the menial and shite jobs. Even your beer is krap as its always hot. And you women much prefer the superiority of the Aussie male against the lily white pommy male. Even your cricket team is full of imports and soon the real Englishman will be a head wobbler and wear a turban.

  3. 11:28pm Wednesday 28th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Jones......May very well be Irish??????

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  4. Saint09:07pm Wednesday 28th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You know what i can't wait for Jones, when we go over to that filthy dump you call GB to win the Ashes, then we will do it all over again five months later when your not so English team comes to Australia, then you can rub that Ashes series off the list of sports we can't beat you in, in fact anyone can beat England in cricket just ask the Irish

  5. 08:56pm Wednesday 28th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Con Dom....Maybe Haydon remembers last time in Perth against SA when Johnson took 8/72.....It is a gamble but Johnson does have an X factor about him. Aust has had the best of SA in the two drawn tests and a win for them after 2 near losses would be shite. Starc will come in for Pattinson and Lyon dropped, so Johnson 47 tests...190 wickets. Hastings or Hazelwood 0 tests 0 wickets????.

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  6. Jeffrey06:20pm Wednesday 28th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So, are the selectors gamblers; if so pick Johnson, or are they conservative- pick Hastings for line and length ( something they will not get with Mitch )........??