England need to take hard decisions after Ashes defeat - Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson was England's nemesis when they last toured Australia
Mitchell Johnson was England's nemesis when they last toured Australia

Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson urged the England management to take hard decisions now rather than at the end of the ongoing Ashes series with an eye on the future.

Johnson, who was England's nemesis when they toured Australia last time during the 2013/14 series believes the senior players including Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have been a big let down as the visitors succumbed to defeats in all the three games.

Cook averages under 14 in the series after scoring just 83 runs from six innings while Stuart Broad managed just five from the three games. Joe Root and Moeen Ali have also struggled to make an impact as they average under 30 and 20 respectively.

“Going to the next test I think England will have to think about changes,” the 36-year-old told Reuters after training with Big Bash side Perth Scorchers at the WACA.

”I‘m not sure if (paceman) Stuart Broad is up to it at the moment. There will be some question marks around him, (as) a senior player.

”(Opener) Alastair Cook is someone who I think has been thinking about retirement.

”I just wonder now with the scoreline being 3-0 whether that will take a bit of pressure off him and he’ll just go out there and score runs. I‘m not sure.

“I think the scars are there from the last series.”

Barring James Anderson, the rest of the England pace attack hardly made an impact and Johnson believes the selectors should include Durham pacer Mark Wood for the Melbourne Test to put up a fight.

“I look forward to him playing if he gets the opportunity, they should pick him even if he’s slightly underdone,” Johnson said of Wood.

“From a pace point of view, someone bowling over 140-145 (km/hour) can definitely change the game.”

The fourth Test will kick-off on 26th December at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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