Sydney: Australia coach Mickey Arthur has warned fast bowler Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday that he will have a fight on his hands to regain his place in the team with the emergence of young quick Pat Cummins.
Cummins, 19, and the experienced Johnson, 30, broke down with foot injuries during Australia's Test tour of South Africa in November but have been recalled for the one-day series against Ireland and England in June-July.
"Mitchell Johnson returns and we can't wait to have him back around the group. He may have to wait his turn though, as we are taking such a talented group of bowlers on the tour with us." said Arthur.
Johnson's roller coaster career was in limbo after he injured ligaments in his left toe while batting in Australia's Test victory over South Africa last November and missed the entire Australia season following surgery. But he has said that he is now feeling mentally and physically stronger than at any previous point of his career.
Despite his return to the team, Cummins could stand in his way with Arthur pinpointing the youngster as one of Australia's most promising prospects. "The player I am most excited about is Pat Cummins, we all saw what he could do in his one and only Test match and to have him back is fantastic," said Arthur.
"He has the ability to become one of the best in the world. He and Patto [James Pattinson] will take a huge amount out of this tour. We hope they both will be firing next year when we go to England to claim the Ashes back and drawing on the experience of touring the UK before will certainly give them an edge."said Arthur.
Arthur, meanwhile, expressed support for the Test batting line-up in a vote of confidence to veteran Ricky Ponting. "I am very happy with where our Test team is headed. Continuity in selection and role clarity is very important in creating team culture and I know that all players now know where and how they fit in. We have a settled top six now and, together, this unit has played seven Test matches." said Arthur.