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Mitchell Johnson wants Australia to drop a player for Sri Lanka Tests

He wants the other pacers to be tried for the Ashes later this year.

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Australia are set to lose their first ever Test series to India at home. The ongoing Sydney Test has been dominated completely by the visitors and there is no chance of even a miracle on the final day of the match which has been marred by bad light and rain. There is a lot of criticism of the team for their poor show as the former cricketers have pounced on them and are now calling for the axing of some players.

Australia are scheduled to tour England later this year for the prestigious Ashes series. While Steve Smith and David Warner will definitely return to the team by then, the performance of the bowlers is what is the worrying aspect for Mitchell Johnson. The attack which is termed as World class has struggled completely in the last couple of Test sending down close to 350 overs in the first innings in Melbourne and Sydney.

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More than anything, Mitchell Starc‘s performance has come under the scanner in the series who hasn’t been up to the mark at all and has let down his teammates who have been accurate. Compared to him, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have bowled well without many rewards.

Johnson wants Australia to try a few other options

Mitchell Johnson, while speaking to The Sunday Times, felt that a couple of new pacers could be tried for the series against Sri Lanka keeping the Ashes in mind. He also stressed the importance of pushing the pace trio for their places to bring the best out of them. Among them, Starc has been underwhelming picking only 13 wickets after bowling almost 139 overs in the series.

“They now need to be pushed for their places and the Sri Lanka series provides an opportunity to look at some quicks who could be successful in English conditions. The question of who would make room for them is a difficult one, however, on current form, Starc might need to make way,” Johnson said.

Australia is scheduled to play a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting from January 24 after the conclusion of the ODIs against India.

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