Australia, who are 2-0 up in the Magellan Ashes series, will lock horns with the touring England side in the third Test at Perth scheduled to start from December 14. Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson was spotted talking to the Australian pacers during Australia’s practice sessions ahead of the third Test at Perth. Notably, Johnson tormented the England batting line-up in their 5-0 win over the visiting side four years ago when England visited here for the last time.
Jose Hazlewood, who was successful for Australia in the first two Test revealed that the former fast bowler Johnson gave some technical tips to the current pace battery. However, Johnson’s message was sweet and short as he advised them to bowl short and fast.
“Bowl fast and keep bowling short. He mentioned he saw a few things similar to 13-14 (in how England are playing). Those guys are always good to talk to about past experiences.” Hazlewood was heard saying.
The Australian quicks studied the videos of Johnson’s sizzling summer of 2013-14 when he picked 37 wickets and was awarded the man-of-the-series.
Hazlewood had trained hard to be fit for the series opener, having suffered a side strain during this year’s tour of Bangladesh. The right-armer had not been up to the mark since returning, but he excelled on day five of the second Test, claiming two quick wickets in his opening spell – including the all-important scalp of England captain Joe Root.
“I’m getting better as time goes on. The length was great, especially on that last day … hopefully it continues to get better,” Hazlewood signed off talking about his own performance.