Returning figures of 4 for 11, Mitchell Johnson gave India a scare in Kuala Lumpur © AFP

Mitchell Johnson, the Australian left-arm fast bowler who returned home after two matches in Kuala Lumpur, has now readjusted his aims to earning a spot in the Ashes squad.

"It [the Ashes] is always in the back of your mind," Johnson told AFP. "I think now it's probably a little bit more but I'll see what happens. I've still got the ICC [Champions] Trophy to go to and see how I'll go there and we'll see what happens."

Johnson had a good short tour of Malaysia, getting six wickets for 72 runs in two matches, including 4 for 11 in the rained-off game against India on Saturday. "Sachin Tendulkar said 'well bowled'," Johnson told reporters in Brisbane. "Getting Tendulkar and Brian Lara in the same week has been awesome. I probably struggled a little bit at the start of my one-day career, but getting those wickets definitely has helped."

Johnson said flying back to Queensland after two matches was always part of the selectors' plans and he will play club cricket for Norths in the Brisbane grade competition this weekend.