Reborn Johnson ready for Tests
Mitchell Johnson. Pic: Getty Images

Someone will have to tell Mitchell Johnson if he gets the nod from national selectors today for the second Test against South Africa.

He has made a point of not reading about his prospects. Enjoying playing for WA has been the major focus.

But he reckons he is ready if he gets the call-up. A devastating spell with the second new ball yesterday to seal a 110-run win for WA in their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the WACA Ground, backed that up.

Set 355 to win, the Redbacks batted bravely but were cart- wheeled at the finish for 244 with only teenager Travis Head left standing, unconquered on 95.

Johnson delivered with the second new ball, taking three of the last four wickets to finish with 3-52 and match figures of 5-104. He also contributed 27 and 38 with the bat.

Johnson produced a brute of a ball to dismiss SA skipper Johan Botha, before firing out Chadd Sayers and Jake Haberfield.

But speculation of a return to the Test team was for others to read and hear, he said.

"For me it is just playing in the moment and that is what I am doing at the moment," Johnson said. "If the opportunity came up I definitely feel like I am ready.

"I think it is the best that I have bowled in probably two years.

"I actually feel like I am in control of what I am doing. I know why I am bowling well. I know why I am batting well.

"At the international level you want to be able to know what you are doing."

Even during an unproductive first spell yesterday, Johnson felt like he had good control of the ball and wasn't leaking runs.

"I kept it pretty consistent and in a good area. That was a good sign for me," he said.

The win came at an opportune time for the Warriors, who have battled on-field form and off-field scandals in recent weeks and have just installed a new coach, State legend Justin Langer.

Skipper Adam Voges was pleased with the even team effort, from first innings centurion Marcus Harris and Tom Triffitt's second dig heroics, to a spread of wicket takers in both SA innings.

Nathan Coulter-Nile looked every bit as menacing as Johnson for much of the match.

"I thought our first two days in particular were outstanding," Voges said.

"With everything that has happened over the last few weeks it has been a tough ride for the guys.

"To get that reward, relief is a good word."

He said Johnson had swung the ball consistently all season and backed him to perform if he received a Test call-up.

·Mitchell Starc claimed 4-72 but it wasn't enough to prevent Victoria from claiming first innings points on day three of their shield match at the SCG.

Victoria, aided by Chris Rogers' fine 125, were dismissed for 330 during the middle session and the Blues finished on 3-184 - an overall lead of 147 - entering the final day.

The West Australian

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