Mitchell Johnson, the main culprit for ripping England apart the last time they visited Australia, has said that Australia must not assume that they’ve the series in the bag if Stokes doesn’t play eventually. The English all-rounder is still suspended following his ongoing investigation about the late night brawl in Bristol in September.
Johnson said, “I don’t think you can read too much into what people are commenting about the situation. I think England can win without him. I think anyone can win this series if they bring their A-game. If you’re Australia, you don’t want to be thinking they can’t win because Stokes isn’t there – that can bite you in the backside pretty quickly. I’m still confident that Australia can win the series, but the performances recently haven’t been great from both sides. The wickets are a little bouncier and faster, so some of these new guys might find it harder, and that’s where the Australian bowling attack is strong.”
Johnson himself has played in 19 Ashes Test and has claimed 87 wickets at an impressive average of 25.81. England are the current holder of the Ashes but Australia will look to reclaim the crown. The first Ashes Test starts on November the 23rd at The Gabba, Brisbane.