Australia news April 15, 2014

Johnson ponders limited-overs future

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has said he might consider quitting one or both limited-overs formats in order to prolong his Test career, with the 2015 Ashes in England in mind. Though Johnson is yet to make up his mind on which format to drop, he hinted at reconsidering his T20 career first, as he has ambitions of spearheading Australia's bowling attack for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"I think I've got to be a lot smarter now. Twenty20, I will quite happily say, is not my favourite format - I would rather play Test cricket," Johnson told cricket.com.au. "And maybe one-day cricket I have to look at as well.

"But my main goal now is to get to that 2015 Ashes series in England, so I'll be doing everything I can to reach that goal."

Johnson proved the difference for Australia as they reclaimed the Ashes at home with a 5-0 thrashing of England. He missed the previous Ashes in England, which the hosts won 3-0, but Australia's turnaround in the return series was largely due to his hostile bowling spells that left the England batsmen shell-shocked. He finished the leading wicket-taker with 37 wickets and his lethal spells continued in South Africa, where he yet again finished on top of the wicket charts with 22, guiding Australia to a 2-1 series win.

Johnson missed the recently concluded World T20 in Bangladesh due to a toe injury he sustained in South Africa. Having recovered, he is gearing up for a full season of the IPL, having being bought by Kings XI Punjab. He said he was looking forward to taking part in the World T20.

"Twenty20 cricket you don't play a lot of anyway, it just happened at this time there was a World Cup straight after the South Africa series which I was looking forward to being involved in before I got injured," Johnson said.

Johnson is yet to experience a World Cup win as an active member of the squad. Though he was part of the winning 2007 World Cup squad in the West Indies, he was benched through the tournament, and in the 2010 World T20, Australia finished runners-up.

"I'd like to win a World Cup. I've been involved in the West Indies in 2007 which was a well-paid holiday apparently," he said. "And while it was tough work, the campaign we went through, it was a good place to be and a great experience.

"So I would love to be a part of Australia's 2015 World Cup and I certainly think we've got the team to win it. We've played some really good one-day cricket and given that it's being played at home, it would be a great opportunity."

Johnson's rebirth as a lethal new-ball bowler for Australia began in the ODI series in England following the Ashes defeat. Prior to that, he was in good form for Mumbai Indians in the 2013 IPL, where he finished the joint second-highest wicket-taker for the team with 24 wickets, helping them to their maiden title.

"I've had confidence with the white ball and been pretty consistent in the limited-overs format," Johnson said. "You can get the white ball to swing, but really it's just good to get out there and enjoy some cricket which is how I see the IPL - it's really just a form of entertainment."

Australia's next Test series will be against Pakistan in the UAE in October, before they host India for four Tests.

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  • Lachy7 on April 22, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    @cricketsubh

    Interesting points you've made cricketsubh, Me personally, I love all forms of cricket. I stay up late and watch Australia play what ever the format or result is. I think Australians are finding it hard to accept the so called hit and giggle format of the game, due to the fact that the baggy green isn't worn. It is a big part in Australian sporting history, and in the limited overs, they don't wear the cap.

    Australians in general love their sport, especially cricket and will usually come out and support their team whatever the format is.

    Also about Johnson, he's getting older and by 2015 he'll be about 35 and may not be able to bowl as quick as he has this series. I think that we would rather keep him out of a World cup and miss out on limited overs glory than losing to 'The Old Enemy.'

  • cricketsubh on April 22, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    aus got 6 test before the nxt years ashes 2 vs pak ,and 4vs ind in home so jhonson and harris will play the 2015 ashes .

  • cricketsubh on April 22, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    lachy7@ i do not agree with u if aus fan only want to watch their playing test not odi ,t20s so why the come to watch odi,t20s in aus when aus plays the odi cb series and kfct20 the main problem was becoz aus lose the ashes in eng and they lose eng 3-1 in 2010-11 ashes in home and really want to beat eng in eng so they really want to win in england so their media,cricketers,fans already talk about ashes 2015 aus media makes their ashes squad,fans also talk about ashes which player in or out aus player talk about they really want part of the 2015 ashes squad no one care wc2015 so if aus win the ashes in 2015 so what next next ashes i think aus cricket team goes like england team at the moment only focus on test and ashes nothing else i think this is the wrong think to do .plz publish cricinfo plz plz plz

  • Lachy7 on April 21, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    It's his choice. If he wants to only play test cricket rather than limited overs matches, then I'm sure about 90% of Australian fans would be very happy.

    In Australia, test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket. Every Aussie cricket loving kid dreams to wear the baggy green.

  • Jagger on April 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    @ cricketsubh - The Ashes is more important than any limited overs game. Including the World Cup.

  • BradmanBestEver on April 18, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Well he is clearly a dominant bowling force in world cricket at the present time. What an amazing turnaround by a guy > 30 y.o. considering all the negative comments he has received from people around the globe. He will be a force for some time to come whether at home or abroad.

    Well done Mitch! A fine example of the Aussie test cricketers mental toughness, which of course is the main difference between the Aussies and the others and has been down the generations.

  • on April 17, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    We need Ryano and Mitch for the 2015 Ashes campaign. MJ needs to do whatever he can to be fit and firing for that. If that means giving up on T20 or ODI good on him.

  • cricketsubh on April 17, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    jhonson need to focus on wc2015 his last WC ashes is a test series not a wc i think jhonson need to fit and fair and win the wc for aus as far ashes this aus team can win easyly in 2015 ashes tour i do not think eng can build a team in 1 years time so focus on bigger gole and win wc becoz hole world knows player who won the WC FOR HIS COUNTRY NOT FOR ASHES SO JHONSON NOT LUK TO FAR .PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO

  • ss1981 on April 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    no please Mitch.. go away

  • dunger.bob on April 17, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Considering we're nearly half way through 2014, Mitch shouldn't have any trouble achieving his stated targets as long as his form and fitness don't tumble dramatically in the next 12-18 months. If he can stay upright for another 15 months, he'll be in England next July. Another 6 months will see him playing in the 50 overs WC in Au/NZ. I suppose anything can happen in the weird world of sport, but really, I'd back him to get to both of those events.

  • Lachy7 on April 22, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    @cricketsubh

    Interesting points you've made cricketsubh, Me personally, I love all forms of cricket. I stay up late and watch Australia play what ever the format or result is. I think Australians are finding it hard to accept the so called hit and giggle format of the game, due to the fact that the baggy green isn't worn. It is a big part in Australian sporting history, and in the limited overs, they don't wear the cap.

    Australians in general love their sport, especially cricket and will usually come out and support their team whatever the format is.

    Also about Johnson, he's getting older and by 2015 he'll be about 35 and may not be able to bowl as quick as he has this series. I think that we would rather keep him out of a World cup and miss out on limited overs glory than losing to 'The Old Enemy.'

  • cricketsubh on April 22, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    aus got 6 test before the nxt years ashes 2 vs pak ,and 4vs ind in home so jhonson and harris will play the 2015 ashes .

  • cricketsubh on April 22, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    lachy7@ i do not agree with u if aus fan only want to watch their playing test not odi ,t20s so why the come to watch odi,t20s in aus when aus plays the odi cb series and kfct20 the main problem was becoz aus lose the ashes in eng and they lose eng 3-1 in 2010-11 ashes in home and really want to beat eng in eng so they really want to win in england so their media,cricketers,fans already talk about ashes 2015 aus media makes their ashes squad,fans also talk about ashes which player in or out aus player talk about they really want part of the 2015 ashes squad no one care wc2015 so if aus win the ashes in 2015 so what next next ashes i think aus cricket team goes like england team at the moment only focus on test and ashes nothing else i think this is the wrong think to do .plz publish cricinfo plz plz plz

  • Lachy7 on April 21, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    It's his choice. If he wants to only play test cricket rather than limited overs matches, then I'm sure about 90% of Australian fans would be very happy.

    In Australia, test cricket is the pinnacle of cricket. Every Aussie cricket loving kid dreams to wear the baggy green.

  • Jagger on April 18, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    @ cricketsubh - The Ashes is more important than any limited overs game. Including the World Cup.

  • BradmanBestEver on April 18, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Well he is clearly a dominant bowling force in world cricket at the present time. What an amazing turnaround by a guy > 30 y.o. considering all the negative comments he has received from people around the globe. He will be a force for some time to come whether at home or abroad.

    Well done Mitch! A fine example of the Aussie test cricketers mental toughness, which of course is the main difference between the Aussies and the others and has been down the generations.

  • on April 17, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    We need Ryano and Mitch for the 2015 Ashes campaign. MJ needs to do whatever he can to be fit and firing for that. If that means giving up on T20 or ODI good on him.

  • cricketsubh on April 17, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    jhonson need to focus on wc2015 his last WC ashes is a test series not a wc i think jhonson need to fit and fair and win the wc for aus as far ashes this aus team can win easyly in 2015 ashes tour i do not think eng can build a team in 1 years time so focus on bigger gole and win wc becoz hole world knows player who won the WC FOR HIS COUNTRY NOT FOR ASHES SO JHONSON NOT LUK TO FAR .PLZ PUBLISH CRICINFO

  • ss1981 on April 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    no please Mitch.. go away

  • dunger.bob on April 17, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Considering we're nearly half way through 2014, Mitch shouldn't have any trouble achieving his stated targets as long as his form and fitness don't tumble dramatically in the next 12-18 months. If he can stay upright for another 15 months, he'll be in England next July. Another 6 months will see him playing in the 50 overs WC in Au/NZ. I suppose anything can happen in the weird world of sport, but really, I'd back him to get to both of those events.

  • Matt.au on April 16, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @Usaf Ch

    MJ has had a good break from cricket and there isn't a lot on for him in the coming months. So talking about prolonging his career in tests and then playing in the IPL at this stage of his career makes perfect sense.

    He gets to bowl a few overs, keeps on his toes and gets paid insane money and has a good body and mind heading towards his next test series.

    If the Ashes were straight after the IPL, reading the article, not even the insane money may have been enough for him to play the IPL.

    God bless him :)

  • Y2G_87 on April 16, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    I am not against Malinga here, but with bowling action and line and length he is bowling he can survive only in limited overs where run rate matters.

    Because 99.9% of his wicket taking deliveries are targeted at batsmen tows and it is not very big deal to bowl with his slinging action.

    Still credit to Malinga as Batsmen even after knowing what ball he is going to receive feel extremely difficult to score in limited overs.

    But quality of a players need to be proved in test matches because there are lot of other parameters or characteristics a player requires to excel in test matches.

    For a player to survive only in limited overs do not require to satisfy many parameters, so please do not compare Malinga with any other quality bowlers.

    Once again I am not here to underestimate or blame this player but please do not put his name along with players who play test matches especially Dale Steyn and Mitchel Jhonson.

  • disco_bob on April 16, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @Arrow011, very very true, and you know what, no one will remember anything Malinga did in 10 years time.

  • Arrow011 on April 16, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Malinga is way better than Mitchell & Steyn put together in T20s.

  • Mervo on April 16, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Johnson has accumulated over 230 Test wickets over his career, which now spans 6 years. His average continues to a fall and he moves up the ranks of all time best bowlers for his country. He well knows that if he takes 1000 ODI or T20 wickets, no one will ever remember him, as those records last a few days at best and Test cricket is where the real records and reputations are kept. A sound decision. Cricket is about more than a few weeks of T20 or ODI entertainment.

  • balajik1968 on April 16, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    The reason fast bowlers drop Tests as they grow older is because the level of fitness and endurance required for Tests is higher. They have more time to recover in between LOI's as opposed to during Tests. A gruelling Test takes more out than an LOI. Remember what happened to Siddle against SA. Mitchell Johnson has had an outstanding few months in Tests, and he wants to build on it, to create his own legacy as an Aussie cricketer.

  • disco_bob on April 16, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Posted by shane-oh on (April 15, 2014, 13:52 GMT), let's put it this way, even though most people will rate Steyn above MJ due to the latter's long term skill and consistency, tell me if you think that there will be a Steyn performance over a series that will ever trump MJ's sustained hostility over 6 cosecutive Tests when cricket fans reminisce in 30 years time.

  • shane-oh on April 16, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @Rooboy and @wellrounded87 - Hey, it's a fair point, and I too regard test cricket as the pinnacle. Also, as a Kiwi, I know how sweet any test victory feels, and the recent NZ-India series was a timely reminder for me of just why I love the format above all others.

    I suppose I just feel that ODI cricket has been a part of the landscape for so long now that it's fair to take it seriously - and it's really the only world cup we have, apart from the fickle hit and giggle. By all means, a test cricket championship would add some context to these series and give us something to really aim for. Assuming, that is, we don't have some bizarre system in place which favours "top" teams :P.

    And I really enjoy the Ashes. I just find it weird that someone would value that over being crowned world champions.

  • smudgeon on April 16, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Funny how after a perceived sleight on the IPL, so many are saying Mitch can't handle T20. I seem to recall during the Australian Ashes series and the SA v Aus series, so many were crediting the IPL with Mitch's resurgence. Maybe some people need to relax a little, and remember that the IPL is just one thing, not everything.

  • punterdgr8 on April 16, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    ppl castigating MJ for playing in the ipl are missing the point. he says "ipl is an entertainment" and so it is.the guy has played his heart out for his country and deserves some much needed 'entertainment' and if u r getting paid 4 'entertainment' and that too in millions who would reject that.he is an aussie not a windian.i'm an indian and personally i deplore ipl.there are many who hate this concept in india and there are substantially larger masses that love it,so it's a matter of choice.i would love my beloved aussies to beat us here in our own backyard jus like england did.aus did it in 2004 and they must prove themselves when they come here the next time round esp.after the 4-0 humbling at the hands of our demigods.i would rate it above the ashes,not sure what ppl in aus think abt.also it's high time aus wins a wc and what better time than 2015.go ozzzieeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mad_Hamish on April 16, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @Usaf Ch I think you'll find a few more decent series than just winning the Ashes for Johnson, as an example check what he's just done against the World #1 team in RSA.

    Yeah, he hasn't been part of a world cup winning team but neither have many pretty good players (Steyn, Kallis etc) so having a go at Johnson for it is a bit selective. He's played 7 matches in the World Cup for 10 wickets @ 23.10 ER 4.01

  • on April 16, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    @Greatest_Game I also think that the only cricket international that really matters is Test. But I even I think a Test Cricket World Cup is a stupid idea. That's not how Test cricket works. A good test series is month-or-more long more clash between two foes, that's where the drama is.

    Tournaments have a different kind of drama, and their format is better suited to games that can be finished in one day.

  • Greatest_Game on April 16, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    @ Naval Singh. India think the ODI World Cup is the Apex of cricket because it is something in which they can viably compete in differing countries. In test cricket, they can't compete, except at home on rank turners, and even England beat them at that!. That is why the BCCI oppose a Test Cricket World Cup. India would struggle to make the quarter finals.

    Internationally, the game of cricket is played over five days. The other formats are abbreviated versions of the real game, which is played in whites with a red ball.

  • PrasPunter on April 16, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    whats with the fans from india who do have a problem with the Ashes ? Why dont you simple keep away if that doesn't interest you ? We give two hoots to the show called the IPL and we stay away from that. So why don't you return the favor for the Ashes ? Just stay away !!

  • Greatest_Game on April 16, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    @ Posted by shane-oh asks "How can being better than one team be more important than being better than all teams?"

    That statement would make sense if the World Cup you are referring to is a TEST World Cup. You are comparing test cricket to ODI cricket. That is like comparing the short story to the novel. The short story is the illustration of the moment. The novel is the encapsulation of the human condition.

    And, 20/20 is a comic strip!

  • on April 16, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    very overrated bowler because he is streaky. On his day, best bowler in the world but those day are few. Never won a any world cup as an active member, only accomplishment is winning ashes, so it makes sense that he wants to play it. Talking about prolonging international career and playing IPL des not make sense

  • on April 16, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 That's too much he is consistent in what 2 series at max and u name him as best in generation did u remember 2009 ashes series johnson

  • siddhartha87 on April 16, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Glad that MJ is quitting the silly t20 s. MJ s incredible form is the best thing happened in test cricket in last 7-8 years. He don't only takes wickets,he leaves the batsmen scarred.Hopefully he will keep on dominating like this for next 2-3 years.

  • Biggus on April 16, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    @Naval Singh:- Given that we Aussies have won four ODI world cups I think it's fair to say we take them seriously, far more so than T20, which we don't really regard as serious cricket, but the Ashes are still OUR favoured event. Call it what you will, but we've still won those four world cups despite the primacy of the Ashes in our minds, so I think there's some method in our madness. Remember, there are only about 24 million of us, about a fiftieth of India's population, so I think it's fair to say we do OK. Whether subcontinental fans dislike our fondness for the Ashes is immaterial, it's not played for their benefit but for ours. Like it or leave it, the Ashes are here to stay. If that annoys you don't turn on the TV set and watch it, it's that simple.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 16, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    No.1 pacer,fastest in world,calling quits will be music to bats ears all over.With a WC W @ home,will be apt time for greatest quick of this gen. to quit s/forms.Theres no more to achieve any way in s/f with a no. of WCs,even lesser CT Ws in his belt.

  • disco_bob on April 16, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    @Scrop, MJ is an extreme pace Test specialist, why would he like a candy floss format like T20 where there is no penalty on an individual batter if he fall to a rash stroke, thus encouraging a batter to attack with impunity and chance his luck.

  • DarthKetan on April 16, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    He performs well south of the equator - good thing for him the WC 2015 is suitably located for him....I think he'll make both the Ashes and WC...

  • Mad_Hamish on April 16, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    @Scrop in ODIs he averages 25.88 with an economy rate of 4.85 and over 200 wickets. In 20/20s he averages 20.97 with an economy rate of 7.28 So I think it's drawing a fairly long bow to say that he's struggled with batsmen attacking him in either format

  • wellrounded87 on April 16, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    @Shane-oh It has more to do with the format then which team you're beating. Test cricket for most players is the pinnacle. A true test of mettle and skill. Limited overs cricket is much more about entertainment than contest and hence why a lot of players don't value the world cup as much as tests.

    If you ask most Aus and Eng players/fans which they would rather win the ashes or the world cup. Most would say the ashes. For the simple reason that it's a much more hard earned triumph. Any team of (Ind, Pak, SL, Aus, Eng, NZ and WI can win a game of limited overs cricket against any of the other teams on their day). Winning test series is a true reflection of which team is better and there's no bigger test series than the Ashes.

    The ICC should find a way to have a world championship/cup in tests. Perhaps once every four years the top 4 ranked test sides partake in a mini tournament of 3 test series. 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3. Winners scare off for the world championship.

  • featurewriter on April 15, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Scrop: I don't think he minds the format too much mate...he has a bowling average of 22 and a strike rate of 18.

  • goldeneraaus on April 15, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Good on you Johnson. Though does make me wonder why you are playing IPL, but I cannot begrudge someone who has worked so hard in his life to overcome injuries, bad press and bad form, to earn some extra cash. 12 months ago the idea of him giving up ODI's would have laughable, given he has been a more reliable ODI bowler than tests historically.. but now this is an excellent way to prolong his test career which australia sorely need while the young bodies of Pattinson and Starc continue to develop.

  • Rooboy on April 15, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Uhhh ... shane-oh etc - the point you miss is that the Ashes is test cricket, real cricket, which is why it is more important to many than a World Cup. Don't agree? Fine. Just don't expect the rest of the world to have to agree with you.

  • funkyandy on April 15, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    International player gives up 20/20 for Test cricket? Makes him a cricketing legend in my book!

  • Jaffa79 on April 15, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Fast bowlers rise and fall quickly...will the mercurial MJ still be a force in 2015? Will his form and radar still be in tune next summer? Maybe but maybe not! I am an England fan and I hope he is firing as that is what Test match cricket is all about and you want to face the best. I think England will produce slower decks to negate him, which I can't say I agree with but everyone does it. England look up against it but then again, the Aussies haven't won a Test series in England for 14 years. I'd rather be in Aussie shoes before that series but the likes of Rogers, Clarke, MJ, Harris, Haddin etc might jump ship before next summer like Hussey did.

  • Moppa on April 15, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    It's not just about how much cricket he can physically play, I'm sure its also about how long a guy like him with a young family spends on the road. In any case, once his Test career is finished he'll probably still be sharp enough to make millions in IPL semi-retirement... so why prioritise T20 now? For those saying the only difference between the Ashes and the World Cup is that one is against one team and one is against many teams - well, they are also different formats. Australian players generally rate Test cricket higher than ODIs because it is the ultimate *Test* of cricketing ability.

  • Greecedevil on April 15, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    This is quite overrating for an ordinary bowler. He may find it easy in tests and on bouncy wickets to trouble batsman, but he is no where close to a good bowler in a 50/20 over cricket. Remember this is not Australia/England/SA for him to dominate and this is not England's batsman against whom he is going to bowl, these are subcontinent slaughter houses, you will see what I mean in the opening match. These commentators in India speak rubbish most of the time, come on guys face the reality.

  • on April 15, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    It comes down to how important Tests are, too. The only one day tournament I give a fig about is the World Cup, but it's not as important as most Tests to me as an Aussie cricket fan. It's less important now we're not quite as good too, as I don't have that expectation that we should be winning it.

    Australia just got walloped in the T20 World Cup, as we'd just won the Ashes 5-0 and beat South Africa in South Africa, I couldn't have cared less and certainly wouldn't have swapped the results, given the chance.

    Similarly, of the recent Australian losses to India - World cup 2011, 4-0 in Test series 2013, it was the Test series disaster that stung, the World Cup was a creditable effort against a strong team. As for the yearly ODI series against India, I don't remember the results so I can't say whether they upset me or not :)

    As for next year's World Cup, if it's Australia v England in the final and they offer us the Ashes in exchange for the World Cup - well, it's rule Brittania here!

  • on April 15, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    I know where this is coming from.

    I am an Indian. I grew up what all great Indo-Pak matches. Many of my elders used to tell me "No matter if we lose all the matches but we should not lose to Pakistan". But if you ask any Indian supporter now they will say "No matter if we lose to Pakistan, we should win the World Cup".

    The sentiments of an Indian\Pakistani fan have changed. They have moved on & focused on the big trophy then personal or historical rivalry.

    I think English & Australian fans & cricketers also should realize that Ashes is just a historical test series but winning a World Cup is actually making a history.

    As a neutral, I hope to see Johnson in the 50 over WC.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 15, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    And yet T20 is historically his best format. This confuses me, much as it confused me when Ricky Ponting, who was awesome at T20, gave it up to concentrate on test cricket. Michael Clarke, on the other hand, who stinks at T20, tried to get a career in the IPL. I just don't get it. But, in saying that, Johnson is currently doing pretty well in test cricket so why not stick with that? And ODI is the format that got him into test cricket, so he may as well stick with that too.

  • Y2G_87 on April 15, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I like this man, not for thinking about leaving limited overs, but thinking about his future in test side, exactly opposite to his previous team mate. But it is once again decision of an individual which I would no comment about.

    Short bowling works better in test match which is lethal weapon of this lethal man.

    Also please do not blame this man for not thinking much beyond ashes, because in limited overs Australia has lot of replacements, but not in tests.

    It is not that easy to find some one steaming in, in long formats who need to bowl minimum of 2 days in 5 continuous days. He's not the only man who can bowl 10 overs along with other players, but when it comes to test unless Australia is unfortunate they will not replace him.

    It is a pride of an individual to be part of world cup but if you have only 3-4 slots to fill and there are lot many options, than taking the spot lightly, shows is maturity and practicality.

    So this guy is almost on the right path, Go Mitchy Go!!

  • Scrop on April 15, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    No Wonder.. He doesn't like batsman attacking him. He loses his radar soon. Hostile bowing on the body is what suits him.

  • BradmanBestEver on April 15, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    "Twenty20, I will quite happily say, is not my favourite format" (M Johnson and BradmanBestEver)

  • Harlequin. on April 15, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    @shane-oh - I guess you would have to define 'importance' to answer the question in your post. If you define it as what means the most to the fans, or as what is anticipated more by the two countries, then to the majority of English and Aussie fans, the Ashes is the more important. It does sound illogical, only caring about beating one country rather than all countries, but that is the way it is.

  • shane-oh on April 15, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - fair response in the sense that the Ashes is an important historical series. Personally, I don't question the fact that the Ashes is highly important to Australian and English fans - but when you claim that this is more important than winning a World Cup, you lose me. How can being better than one team be more important than being better than all teams?

    Again, to emphasize - I don't question the fact that it is important, but I do feel that any attempt to paint it as bigger than an actual world championship is destined to fail.

    @landl47 - he's had a stellar year, but it's a bit of a stretch to call him the deadliest and most feared fast bowler in the world. I think most would agree that Steyn gets that title, given his repeated and still ongoing successes.

  • DauD_ on April 15, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Most intimidating bowler in the world at the moment.

    In T20s and ODIs, you can avoid him by playing out his overs. But in tests, there is no where to hide.

  • Matt.au on April 15, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 With a history of playing test cricket against each other since 1877, it's the longevity of the competition yet also the spirit of which the matches are played in.

    If you can, imagine the horror of the all powerful England, ruler of half the world, being beaten by some, ill thought of, colonials. Obviously the colonials were extremely delighted to have beaten such powerful toffs as the gentry of England.

    Since that match in 1877 England have despised losing to Australia and vice versa. The same despise or delight at winning or losing has transpired to every sporting event played between the two countries ever since that game.

    It's not a hate between the two, it's a tradition. Neither wishes to lose against any side yet it is so much worse if it's against the old enemy.

    Have you heard of the saying "It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth"? When either side loses against each other it is something you can virtually taste. If you can't, you shouldn't be playing.

    1877..

  • jmcilhinney on April 15, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 on (April 15, 2014, 12:17 GMT), that question has been asked and answered numerous times and yet it still gets asked. Instead of trying to tell us that The Ashes is not important, those not from Australia or England should simply accept that it is that important to us. While we will always want to win a WC and respect those who do, it just will never be as important as the Ashes, and that goes for England, who have never won a WC, as well as Australia.

    As for MJ, his feat in the last Ashes was nothing short of phenomenal. Australia may well still have won without him but it would not have been anywhere near as comprehensive. It really was reminiscent of the WI at their peak, i.e. quality bowling at express pace. I'm glad to see him prioritising Test cricket because, as much as I want England to win the next Ashes, I want them to win it because they have lifted their own game rather then the opposition having fallen away and lift their game they must if MJ maintains form.

  • PrasPunter on April 15, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @Puffin , I thought you are right - with tests, we don't have the restrictions on field-placings unlike the limited overs games . Quite natural that his kind of bowling is more suited to the tests than the limited-overs ones.

  • PrasPunter on April 15, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    @abcdef_12345, we never asked you to follow the Ashes !! If it doesn't interest you, why don't you just stay away rather than questioning the interests of others ?

  • PrasPunter on April 15, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    super stuff !! Brutally honest !! Good on him to play more tests than the meaningless limited-overs ones !!! Go Mitch !!

  • British_North_America on April 15, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Why this Ashies is so much important to Australians and English? This is just a five match test series like many other test series.This is no way near to 50 over World Cup.

  • Naresh28 on April 15, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    He is like GOLD. I am sure CA have had a chat with him. He is better off sticking to tests where he has been potent. This is if CA has long term plans. Australian pacers are mostly inexperienced and MJ has taken over the mantle left by McGrath.

  • Matt.au on April 15, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    It is refreshing to see a high profile player wishing to drop a format to prolong his test career, rather than dropping test cricket to prolong hit and giggle.

  • Puffin on April 15, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I always thought of him as a Test bowler first and everything else something like a sideshow for him. His type of bowling has rather more impact in Tests - and I don't just mean wickets.

  • on April 15, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I agree with Steve(i think), it's interesting watching knee and ankle reliant players hurling themselves at a boundary rope when the game is lost to save one run... im sure statistics will tell me that most injuries dont occur while fielding though.

  • landl47 on April 15, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Johnson's renaissance is one of the more remarkable stories in cricket. From being almost a joke at age 30 to being the deadliest and most feared fast bowler in the world at age 32 is something few would have predicted. His success in South Africa showed that it wasn't England's underperformance that was the reason for Australia's Ashes triumph, it was Johnson's stunning achievement. His best deliveries were unplayable by the batsmen of either country.

    If he stays fit (and his fitness has never been an issue) and maintains his form he could easily write himself into the record books over the next couple of years. Good on yer, mate.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 15, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Yes - smart choice MJ. People will argue that T20's only require four overs of bowling. = Wrong; what about the (potentially full 20 overs) fielding, and likelihood of being required to go out and bat too. Tests will always be the pinnacle of cricket, so unlike this long list of express pace bowlers that Australian fans love to harp on about that can only last four overs max. anyway, it's imperative that talents like MJ set their priorities right.

  • on April 15, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    why doesnt he just stop playing the ipl? he says t20 is not his favorite format and since he wants to prolong his career then he should just sit out of the ipl.

  • Sir_Francis on April 15, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    MJ wants to play tests, rather than 20/20 Good for him. Opposite of Tait.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 15, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Why worry? He looks as fit as an ox still, play tests for 3-4 more years.

  • on April 15, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    At last We found a guy who will drop limitted overs cricket to play test cricket.

  • steve48 on April 15, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Important to look at prolonging career, but equally important to know the value of match play. Main problem seems to be the need for all players, including gun fast bowlers, to sprint and dive around like super heroes in the field, and the associated training needs to enable this. Needs looking at by the management, not just Mitch, cos too often players reduce their format involvement and end up short of match toughness. Is that what happened to Matt Prior, for example?

  • D-Coach on April 15, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    MJ - The perfect bowling machine every batsman wants to get trained. All the best MJ :)

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  • D-Coach on April 15, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    MJ - The perfect bowling machine every batsman wants to get trained. All the best MJ :)

  • steve48 on April 15, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Important to look at prolonging career, but equally important to know the value of match play. Main problem seems to be the need for all players, including gun fast bowlers, to sprint and dive around like super heroes in the field, and the associated training needs to enable this. Needs looking at by the management, not just Mitch, cos too often players reduce their format involvement and end up short of match toughness. Is that what happened to Matt Prior, for example?

  • on April 15, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    At last We found a guy who will drop limitted overs cricket to play test cricket.

  • xtrafalgarx on April 15, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Why worry? He looks as fit as an ox still, play tests for 3-4 more years.

  • Sir_Francis on April 15, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    MJ wants to play tests, rather than 20/20 Good for him. Opposite of Tait.

  • on April 15, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    why doesnt he just stop playing the ipl? he says t20 is not his favorite format and since he wants to prolong his career then he should just sit out of the ipl.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 15, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Yes - smart choice MJ. People will argue that T20's only require four overs of bowling. = Wrong; what about the (potentially full 20 overs) fielding, and likelihood of being required to go out and bat too. Tests will always be the pinnacle of cricket, so unlike this long list of express pace bowlers that Australian fans love to harp on about that can only last four overs max. anyway, it's imperative that talents like MJ set their priorities right.

  • landl47 on April 15, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Johnson's renaissance is one of the more remarkable stories in cricket. From being almost a joke at age 30 to being the deadliest and most feared fast bowler in the world at age 32 is something few would have predicted. His success in South Africa showed that it wasn't England's underperformance that was the reason for Australia's Ashes triumph, it was Johnson's stunning achievement. His best deliveries were unplayable by the batsmen of either country.

    If he stays fit (and his fitness has never been an issue) and maintains his form he could easily write himself into the record books over the next couple of years. Good on yer, mate.

  • on April 15, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I agree with Steve(i think), it's interesting watching knee and ankle reliant players hurling themselves at a boundary rope when the game is lost to save one run... im sure statistics will tell me that most injuries dont occur while fielding though.

  • Puffin on April 15, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I always thought of him as a Test bowler first and everything else something like a sideshow for him. His type of bowling has rather more impact in Tests - and I don't just mean wickets.