Melbourne: Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that Mitchell Johnson is running out of last chances, as the left armer is all set to get a reprieve in the second Test in Johannesburg.
Johnson was largely ineffective in Australia’s first-up loss to South Africa in Cape Town, continuing his string of inconsistent form over the past 18 months.
With Pat Cummins expected to come into the attack, the skipper hinted that Johnson’s left-arm point-of-difference might save him ahead of Peter Siddle who is also fighting for his spot, Fox Sports reports.
However, Clarke made it clear to Johnson that the uniqueness of his delivery won’t be enough to save him for the Australian summer if he continues to fail.
“Yeah, he knows. I speak to Mitch all the time. Mitch has no qualms about where he sits. He wants to be bowling at his best as well. He wants to be bowling fast and swinging the ball because he knows he’s as good as any player in the world when he`s doing that,” he said.
With the exception of the Perth Ashes Test last December, Johnson has not managed a significant wicket haul since he destroyed New Zealand in March 2010.