Australia’s “scary” bowlers “more nasty” than Mitchell Johnson: Smith

Vastavam web: Australia’s “scary” fast bowlers are “more nasty” than Mitchell Johnson, skipper Steve Smith said today, echoing repeated warnings to England ahead of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.Much mention has been made of the aggressive Johnson’s devastating bowling in the 2013-2014 Ashes, when he took 37 wickets in Australia’s 5-0 series whitewash.”It’s been exciting watching them bowl in the nets, I think back to 2013 when Mitchell (Johnson) was bowling in the nets, these guys are just as nasty, if not more nasty to be honest,” Smith told reporters on Wednesday.
“A couple of net sessions I have had against Cummins and Starc have been quite scary, so that is really exciting for us.” “It’s no real secret that the three we have got in this Test match have been on the radar for a very long time, they’ve been working up toward this.”They are here now, they’re fresh, they’re bowling fast and I think it is a really exciting time for this team.” Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who provoked a storm when he said Australia were out to “end careers” for England players, will be a key man to relieve the pace trio and allow them some rest.Smith, who has been urged to bowl more of his part-time leg-spinners during the series, said he was also prepared to trundle down some overs to help out.
“They’re actually coming out pretty well, but hopefully I’m not needed too often but if I am I’ll definitely bowl myself,” he said.”Obviously, if I need to bowl myself a little bit to give those guys a bit more of a rest so that they can come on and have that quick burst then that’s where we’ll have to go.Should a reshuffle be needed, number six Shaun Marsh will open the innings with fellow West Australian and Test debutant Cameron Bancroft. But Smith is confident Warner will play.”He’s improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours and hopefully he can keep improving and be 100 percent at match time,” Smith said.