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Johnson backed for Ashes spot
Mitchell Johnson is currently terrorising England's batsmen in the NatWest Series, and may well have them in his sights again in the Ashes this winter.
Johnson's figures of 5-0-20-1 were scant evidence of the pace and hostility with which he bowled before rain wiped out the remainder of the third one-day international at Edgbaston.
After England limped to 59 for three in 15.1 overs, Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade confirmed that - from his privileged position - Johnson is indeed bowling very quickly, and will be in the frame for a Test recall if he carries on doing so.
"If you were picking the team tomorrow, I'm sure he'd be in it - because we haven't got a lot of fast bowlers that are available," said Wade, mindful of the injuries currently afflicting several other Australia seamers.
"If he bowls like this, he'll definitely be in the mix for the first Test come the Ashes - for sure.
"He can only keep doing what he's doing now, and the other stuff will take care of itself.
"But I'd say if he was bowling like he is now, he'd be right in contention."
Johnson's pace and bounce proved too much for Kevin Pietersen and gave Jonathan Trott plenty to think about again - including a clunk on his helmet - before the teams head south to Cardiff for the fourth match of five, with Australia 1-0 up.
"His pace is definitely up, but probably the accuracy is the thing he'd be most happy with," Wade added.
"He's moving the ball back into the right-hander (as well). That is hard work for any international batter, at over 90mph for the ball to come back in at the stumps."
Johnson played the last of his 51 Tests against India in Delhi six months ago, and was not even in Australia's squad for this summer's Ashes.
Wade cannot be certain what has suddenly clicked again for his team-mate, but reasons that the time off must have helped.
"I'm not 100 per cent sure," he said.
"I suppose he probably feels a lot fresher than what he ever has before.
"Sometimes that's a good thing - to get a break and get away from international cricket. The scrutiny and pressure that he was probably under 12 to 18 months ago is hard work for anybody.
"For him to get away and work on the stuff he's worked on back home and come in with a fresh mindset has probably been the key to his success.
"Sometimes you just need a little bit of time to work out your game, and he's come back and he's bowling as well as he's bowled for a long time."