Johnson to fire 'throat balls' at Cook, Trott

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Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will deploy an aggressive approach, after being recalled to Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will deploy an aggressive approach, after being recalled to Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November.

Johnson was overlooked for the series against England earlier this year, but a sound stretch of form at domestic and ODI level has found favour with the national selectors again.

"I look at the England ODI series and really went hard at a few of those players, in particular Jonathan Trott. I think he's come out and said he's not worried about the short ball," Johnson told the <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i>.

"But we saw what he was like in the ODI series – he definitely didn't like it. There are guys in their team we'll definitely go after. If I can get a few of those rearing balls towards the ribs or those throat balls, and if, say, Cook gets in the way of it, that's his own fault.

"You'd rather get the wicket more than anything, you get a lot of joy out of that when you get a player like that out. I have a look at last summer, and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara was an example.

"I've busted his finger, and he's one of their best players. So they were one short, and I got a couple of those in the middle order. If you can't get them out, that's the second option."

Batsman George Bailey has also been included in the 12-man squad, earning a maiden Test call-up on the back of a string of good performances against the Indians recently.

All-rounder Shane Watson has been selected despite a hamstring injury, while the veteran Brad Haddin has again beaten the talented Matthew Wade to the wicketkeeper-batsman berth.

All-rounder James Faulkner and batsman Steven Smith have been retained, while slow bowler Nathan Lyon was picked ahead of Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

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