the skillful Mohammad Shami was kept on hold, surprising some game pundits as India coaches remained confident in the quartet led by Jasprit Bumrah with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh in its ranks.
“If you have an all-rounder (fast bowler) and a few spinners, four fast bowlers, it’s a bit of a risk. But India are probably looking at playing two pacers and an allrounder (Hardik Pandya) and two spinners,” Johnson , who is in India to compete in Legends League Cricket, told PTI.
“In Australia you must surely play three fast bowlers, maybe four in certain conditions, for example Perth. I guess they have a plan going on, but it’s a bit risky if you only take four (pacers)”, the former detachable fast bowler from the left arm.
In the Indian setup, only Bumrah is the man, who can consistently register 140 ups, but pace can’t be the only criteria for forming a powerful bowling unit, Johnson said.
At the Asian Cup recently held in the United Arab Emirates, India were criticized for their bowling depth (or lack thereof) in the absence of Bumrah while Pakistan boasted of bowlers who were shaking hitters with their fast pace.
However, Johnson finds the emphasis on pacing amusing.
“That stuff is funny (everything should play 145+). If someone can play 145+, you don’t need another guy to play at the same pace. You need guys who support each other, work together.”
He then quoted how Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, two medium-seam fast bowlers, complimented him during the 2013-14 Ashes where England were literally beaten.
“During the 2013-14 Ashes there was a lot of talk about me playing speed bowling and that was great, but on the other end I had Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris who had their own strengths and could also hit 140. l balance in the team.
“The main thing in Australia is the extra bounce and pace and adjusting your length, you can get carried away and play a little too short.”
‘Warner or Smith should not be named Australia captain’
Aaron Finch’s retirement from the ODIs has sparked intense debate over his successor.
David Warner, who had taken on a lifetime manager for his role in the ball tampering scandal in 2018, expressed a strong desire to lead Australia while Steve Smith, who received a two-year captaincy ban after the incident in South Africa, is another option.
Johnson believes, however, that both players are at the end of their careers and therefore the team should have a younger leader.
“pat cummins (The test skipper) may not be able to do all formats. It may be too much work for him, but then I look and check who is available.
“The selectors have someone in mind, maybe Glenn Maxwell. Cameron Green will also be a good choice if you look to the future, but there is already a heavy workload for him as an all-rounder. Travis Head is there but it needs to be more consistent.
“Warner and Smith shouldn’t be captains. No problem for them to be advisers to the team, which they already are. I don’t see why this needs to be brought up again, it brings back the old stuff ( the scandal) ….
“They are also at the end of their career, so it should be someone who has more time in the game.”
On the growth of domestic T20 leagues around the world
Johnson ended the conversation with his thoughts on the debate over the multiplication of T20 leagues and international cricket. Players are giving up domestic contracts to play in leagues around the world.
“When I first heard about all this the emotions rose, you think about loyalty to your country and things like that, but the game has changed, the players have changed,” he said. said referring to Trent Boult’s decision to give up his central contract with New Zealand.
“There are a lot of leagues around, players have to be smart in what they play. There will also be burnout in the T20 leagues. I prefer to be more traditional, players want to play for their country but I understand the need to earn a living too. That’s a concern for the future,” said the left arm pacer.
In India for Legends League Cricket, Johnson is excited to catch up with rivals around the world.
“I arrived here tomorrow. I never wanted to play after retirement and bowling doesn’t come naturally (once you’ve finished) but it’s exciting to be able to meet all the players you’ve played with and against “, he added.