Mitchell Johnson appears to have been affected by the amount of workload that has been put on him this summer by his captain Steven Smith.
The ferocious fast bowler is starting to collapse a little bit and the reports are coming through that the Australian team management might keep him out of the Sydney test match on precautionary grounds.
In the three test matches against India, Johnson has not bowled with the same kind of pace that he had been bowling with during the 2013-14 Ashes series.
He has been bowling in the one-forties, but, he has not crossed one-fifty mark too many times, something that he had been doing on a regular basis against England.
There are only a few Indian batsmen who have been hurried by Johnson’s deliveries in the ongoing test series. Most of them have played him alright. Some have even had a go at him.
The experts reckon that Smith has shown his inexperience as captain by bowling Johnson in longer spells. He must have been using his fastest bowler in shorter bursts, but, he hasn’t done that.
Michael Clarke was very smart at using Johnson. He would always give him short spells and at crucial times.
Whenever Clarke sensed that a particular batsman was feeling a bit iffy on the back foot, he would bring Johnson on.
Clarke was a wily customer. Smith is a young man. He is only a few test matches old at the moment. He would learn.
In case Johnson misses out in Sydney, Australia might replace him with a spinner.
Sydney wicket is known to crack up from the 4th day onwards and it turns big. So, Ashton Agar along with Nathan Lyon might give the Indians some headache.
And, these young Indian batsmen don’t play spin particularly well.