Mitch Marsh has just gone through the ordeal that England's batsmen are likely to experience should Mitchell Johnson return to Test ranks at the Gabba this month.
The young Warrior was twice struck by searing lifters in the WACA Ground nets last night as the rejuvenated Johnson unleashed a series of thunderbolts at WA training.
Watched closely by national selector John Inverarity, pace great Dennis Lillee and WA coaching consultant Tom Moody, Johnson operated at nearly full pace for 40 minutes as his Ashes comeback gathers irrepressible momentum.
The left-armer said he was still seeking his best rhythm after returning from India on Friday but appears to have only to get through this week's Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at the WACA to play his first Test in eight months.
"I'm feeling good and I'm feeling strong," Johnson said after taking part in the Champions League and the one-day series against India where he regularly reached 150km/h.
"Test cricket is the No.1 form for me and if the opportunity comes up it will be very exciting, especially in an Ashes series.
"I feel I still have a lot to give in Test cricket.
"If I get this opportunity again, I know I'm prepared for it and in a better frame of mind."
The target of vicious taunting during the 2009 Ashes series when his action imploded as he struggled to deal with a series of personal issues, Johnson revealed that he was better able to cope with similar crowd abuse during the one-dayers in England this year.
"I copped a lot of crap again from their crowds during the one-day series but I knew how to handle it," he said.
"I don't have to prove anything any more.
"I am happy to play my role in the team, being the aggressive bowler who bowls 150, and not put any pressure on myself."
Johnson, who turned 32 on Saturday and said he had mellowed after the recent arrival of his first child, credited his year-long injury lay-off in 2012 for providing the opportunity to both refresh his action and love of the game.
He further refined his technique during long sessions with WA bowling coach Adam Griffith and Lillee this year when he worked to improve his alignment and balance at the crease.
He is also delighted with the recent return of Australian pace coach Craig McDermott.
Johnson and McDermott established a strong rapport during the former Test quick's first stint in the Australian camp.
"I think having a year out of the game with my toe injury has definitely helped," Johnson said.
"I was probably burnt out at the stage when I got injured.
"I was just able to freshen up mentally and physically and get away from the game.
"I feel like I've got a lot to give because I have missed out on a bit of cricket."I guess internationally I'd like to play until I'm 35, though whether that would be all three forms I don't know."