Mitchell Johnson would have realized on the first day of the ongoing Ashes series itself that how far and long this England tour was going to be for him.
On a slower one in Cardiff, he kept trying all day long to bring that intimidating factor back into play, but, he completely failed in sending any shivers down the spine of the English.
He actually proved to be the weak link in Australia’s bowling.
His short pitched deliveries presented boundary scoring opportunities which the batsmen latched on.
There was just no pace on the pitch and there is very possibility that in the coming test matches too, England would be producing same kind of surfaces to nullify Johnson.
As early as Johnson understands that he needs to focus more on pitching the ball full and shaping it away from the left handers, it’s better for him.
Going around the wicket and banging the ball half way down is not going to do the job in English conditions.
Johnson can actually take a leaf out of the book of his team mate Mitchell Starc.
He is of the same pace as Johnson, but, he understands the value of swinging the ball when playing in UK.
And, he got three wickets yesterday; all with the balls which were pitched in batsmen’s half, not banged short.
However, one might say Johnson and Starc are two totally different sorts of bowlers.
Starc’s bowling arm happens to be nice and high in his bowling stride, while, Johnson is a little slingy which might hinder his swing, but, still he can change his lengths.
Being full most of the times would help him be more effective than just being on the shorter side.
Short length would sit up to be hit in England.