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    Mitchell Johnson

    After a fairly rubbish start to his international career (was averaging 150 with the ball after 4 games), Mitchell Johnson has taken 11/140 in his last four games. Admittedly, it's just four games, but it's also half of his ODI career, and he currently averages 24.16 with the ball. He's been touted by Dennis Lillee as a 'once in a generation bowler,' is a left armer, so would offer variety, and by all accounts is looking a good bowler. So is he a chance for the Ashes? Statisically speaking, he's done better in FC cricket than List-A, and he did take 10 in the Pura Cup final last season, on a pitch that Queensland scored 6/900 on. He'll be up against competition from Clark, MacGill, Gillespie and Tait, though realistically probably only Clark and MacGill. Will he get a run then, and how will he go? Discuss.
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    A lot of those wickets in the 2nd innings were pretty much just thrown away, tbh. Though it's still no mean feat.
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    He is probably likely to play in the Ashes. Although given Clark's record in his small test career he would be very unlucky not to play, but we've seen it happen before. Australia should be playing their 4 best bowlers and atm MacGill is one of our 4 best bowlers so should play, particularly if Watson is selected.
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    I dont think that Johnson is going to be playing in the Ashes series. He has been playing ODI for Australia and that is all. He has shown nothing to warrant a selection in four-day cricket and he should just continue to play ODI for Australia and that is it.
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    Well, I figured before the CT that if he played and took his chance well he was a shot in the Ashes, and he's certainly done that so far.

    Right now I think there's three guys who might play in Brisbane, in Clark, Gillespie and Johnson. MacGill won't play the first test. Clark's injury is a fair setback and Gillespie's still struggling in domestic cricket, so the door is really open for Johnson if he makes a strong enough case. He's young, quick, he's done well against England so far and he's not been tried yet. I think right now he's probably about 50/50 to play in Brisbane, and if he does well in general over the next month he can improve that. Gillespie similarly needs to make a strong case with wickets, because either of them can move ahead of a guy who isn't playing any cricket.

    Either way, he's clearly the number one pace prospect in Australia right now, and will play test cricket by 07/08 fitness permitting, even if he doesn't play in the Ashes.
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    I reckon Clark picked an absolutely disastrous time to get injured, and its going to end up costing him a certain starting position in the Ashes. He'll likely get picked ahead of Johnson for at least the first test, but if he doesn't produce, Johnson will quickly come in for him
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    Clark had one of the best Test starts that I can remember, and it would be hard to overlook look him for the Ashes, is he fit. Johnson looks promising, but is he good enough to be a test bowler yet?

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    Come Boxing Day i wouldn't be surprised if he is playing Test for Australia. I think they will give the like of Clark, MacGill or Dizzy a run first and if they fail then give either Johnson or Tait a run in the last couple tests.

    I have to admitt that when i first saw him, he didn't really impress me that much, but after a full season of FC cricket behind, he looks like his got the potential to be as good as Bruce Reid. But like Reid, i don't think he will continue his career injury free.

    A bowling attack of say Lee, Johnson, Tait, <insert spinner>, Watson doesn't look too bad, if they keep developing and staying injury free.
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    The planets are aligning for Johnson, with his performances in the ODI's (especially last night's game) and, secondly, Stuart Clark's injury. Moreover, I think given McGrath's innocuous bowling so far, I think the selectors are more likely to now lean towards someone with a bit of 'heat' to fill the third paceman's slot - rather than a line and length merchant, like a Clark or Gillespie.

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    Even if Clark were fit I'd be starting with him, he does look the real deal for mine. Not ligthening quick, but brisk enough & does put a lot of action on the ball so should swing it if the conditions are even vaguely conducive.

    Admittedly yesterday was the first time I'd seen him bowl outside of the odd highlight on round-ups, but it does look like he bowls far fewer "4" balls than Tait does.
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    Yeah if it were not such a watershead series, Johnson would be a huge chance to start. However, the instinctive reluctance to go for a greenhorn when such a lot is at stake, is probably the biggest obstacle Johnson faces to get into the Gabba XI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    Clark had one of the best Test starts that I can remember, and it would be hard to overlook look him for the Ashes, is he fit. Johnson looks promising, but is he good enough to be a test bowler yet?
    That logic didn't help Hodge when the selectors decided Martyn was what the middle order needed. He didn't look good enough to be a one-day bowler 10 months ago, so its entirely within the realms of possibility that he will do ok if given the chance, given the rate at which he appears to be improving.

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    Ricky Ponting has said that Mitchell Johnson's name will come up when the selectors are talking about the side for the 1st test at the Gabba. "I would imagine that he's going to be spoken about a lot coming into the first Test because he's come along as quickly as he has and he's fitting into international cricket really well"

    Good to see that he has the support from the Australian captain, looking increasingly likely that he will start in some of the Ashes tests.
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    well England picked KP after some superb ODI performances and he has be brilliant since, Johnson hasn't had the same success with the ball, but he looks settled now on the international stage and i personally won't mind him playing at the Gabba.

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    What about Bracken? he's always been good at the Gabba and he's got experience...

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