Johnson dreams of WACA speed
Mitchell Johnson is crossing his fingers that the WACA pitch will return to its bouncy ways as he plays a rare game on his home ground. Johnson moved to Perth from Brisbane a couple of seasons ago but still hasn't appeared in a match with Western Australia, although he is back each year to play in the Test.
Last year he stormed through South Africa with 8 for 61 in the first innings and is chasing more rewards when the third game against West Indies begins on Wednesday. "It's been a while since I've bowled there, but I'm looking forward to it and hopefully it can be a fast, bouncy one for us,'' Johnson told AAP. "We're hoping for a faster, bouncier wicket and that will suit us more than them.''
West Indies have Kemar Roach, who is capable of speeds above 150kph, while the hosts have Johnson, Peter Siddle and Doug Bollinger in their line-up. Siddle has been struggling with a hamstring complaint and Clint McKay, the other fast man in the squad, should come in if Siddle is ruled out.
Johnson is not like Glenn McGrath, who targeted specific batsmen, but he has developed a list of key wickets. "It's always nice to get their top guys out like Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan," he said. "Nash would probably be in there as well being a mate of mine. He's done exceptionally well for himself and I was glad I got him out before he got his 100 [in Adelaide]. He was a little upset with it, but I'll be looking to do the same thing.''