Johnson may have to wait his turn - Arthur
Australia's coach Micky Arthur has said Mitchell Johnson will have to compete with Pat Cummins for a place in the starting XI during the one-day series against Ireland and England in June and July.
Both Johnson and Cummins were recalled to the squad after recovering from foot injuries they sustained during Australia's Test tour of South Africa in November 2011. "Mitchell Johnson returns and we can't wait to have him back around the group," Arthur said. "He may have to wait his turn though, as we are taking such a talented group of bowlers on the tour with us."
Arthur said he was excited with the prospect of seeing Cummins, who took seven wickets on Test debut against South Africa last November, return to top-flight cricket. "The player I am most excited about is Pat Cummins, we all saw what he could do in his one and only Test match and to have him back in the mix is fantastic," he said. "He has the ability to become one of the best in the world. He and Patto [James Pattinson] will take a huge amount out of this tour."
Arthur hoped the Pattinson-Cummins combination would make their attack a force during the Ashes in 2013. "We hope they both will be firing this time next year when we go to England to claim the Ashes back and drawing on the experience of touring the UK before will certainly give them an edge."
Arthur also expressed support for Australia's Test batting line up. "I am very happy with where our Test team is headed. Continuity in selection and role clarity is so important in creating team culture and I know that all players now know where and how they fit in," he said. "We have a settled top six now and, together, this unit has played seven Test matches."
Edited by Carlyle Laurie