McDermott anticipates bigger, better, quicker Johnson

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Bowling coach Craig McDermott has insisted Australia pace ace Mitchell Johnson will continue a remarkably effective stretch of form during the third Ashes Test, which will get underway in Perth on Friday.

Bowling coach Craig McDermott has insisted Australia pace ace Mitchell Johnson will continue a remarkably effective stretch of form during the third Ashes Test, which will get underway in Perth on Friday.

Johnson has been at the fore of a dominant charge to a comprehensive two-nil series lead over England, screaming through 17 wickets – and back-to-back Man of the Match awards – in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The left-armer has been retained in the squad for the WACA Test, too, and isn't likely to be omitted from the XI amid rotation of the pace ranks – as the hosts target an unassailable three-nil series lead.

"I'd like to see – at his home ground, being in front of his adopted state, Western Australia – what the adrenaline does to his pace," McDermott told <i>AAP</i>.

"Not forgetting that it's not all about speed. It's about making sure that the ball is in the right spot and that is what Mitchell has done since his return to international cricket, both in the shorter form and in Test match cricket.

"He has been able to bowl good line or length, mixed up with some very good short-pitched bowling. I'm sure they think about it a fair bit. A bloke coming at you at 150 kph or 155 kph, with a slinging action, is not a lot of fun let me tell you."

England, meanwhile, have omitted the rested Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and James Anderson for January and February's five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against the Australians.

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