Johnson happy with cover

Australian bowler believes the tourists have the talent

Mitchell Johnson believes Australia have the cover to cope with the losses of Shane Watson and Brett Lee for their final ODI international against England.

The pair will return home early from Australia's one-day tour due to calf injuries with the tourists 3-0 down in the series with one game remaining.

Johnson admits it is a blow to lose the experience of Watson and Lee, although he thinks there is the talent in coach Mickey Arthur's squad to fill the void.

The likes of Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson should feature in Tuesday's final game at Old Trafford and Johnson thinks Australia simply need to show more belief and confidence in their game.


"It's a pretty big blow obviously with the experience of those two guys," Johnson said on Sky Sports News.

"But it's something we can work with as well. We've got a very talented squad that we've got over here.

"We just need to have their fire in our belly and show that confidence and belief and go out there and do a good job.

"We've got one more chance here to show England and ourselves that we're good enough. I believe we're good enough.

"They will be missed, but we've got guys to cover for them."

End on a high

Australia have already lost the one-day series following Saturday's defeat at Chester-le-Street in Durham, but Johnson is determined to end their tour on a winning note.

"I'm sure we're all disappointed being three-nil down," he continued. "We're all excited about this tour. We've been training very well.

"The guys were keen to get over here and perform. We trained really well since we've been over here in these conditions, you have your days where it's been raining and it's been hard to get a good training session in. We just haven't done it on the field.

"We definitely need to go out there and look to win. The goal for this series was to win all our games, but it hasn't worked out that way

"We're going into this game with confidence. We're not letting the score bother us and we've just got to go out there and do our best."