Clark backing for Johnson
Former Australia bowler Stuart Clark does not think under-fire seamer Mitchell Johnson should be dropped for the second Test.
Last Updated: 30/11/10 6:48pm
Former Australia bowler Stuart Clark does not think under-fire seamer Mitchell Johnson should be dropped for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
Johnson did not take any wickets or score any runs as the tourists overcame a shaky start to clinch a draw in the first test at Brisbane.
And to compound the 29-year-old's misery, he also dropped England skipper Andrew Strauss, who was in the process of making a second-innings century.
Fellow pacemen Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris have been called up to the squad for Adelaide, with speculation that Johnson could make way for one of them to come into the side.
But Clark, who was the leading wicket taker when Australia whitewashed their rivals four years ago, thinks leaving Johnson out would not be the best course of action.
"The biggest issue appears to be the drastic drop in confidence of Mitchell Johnson," he said in the Sydney Morning Herald.
"That is possibly due to the fact that he has only taken three wickets in his past four innings, or because he has not had great success against England and his woes have been well documented.
"After Lords in 2009, he faced the same problem. He was given a touch-up by Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and co. and the doubts began to creep in.
"I can recall talking to him during a practice match at Northampton in 2009 where he was trying to regain some confidence, but the self-doubt was consuming him. Only wickets will banish the demons from within.
"I am not sure leaving Mitch out of the Adelaide Test is the best option at present, but I can guarantee you that a selector coming out and stating that he is on borrowed time will not help."