Brett Lee: Oz need Johnson

Sydney - Veteran fast bowler Brett Lee said on Wednesday Australia must inject the fear factor into their attack and called for Mitchell Johnson to be recalled for the home Ashes series.

The former Test quick, who frequently delivered balls in the 150 kph range, wants to see Johnson back in the frame to add some genuine pace, along with Pat Cummins.

Australia lost the five-Test series in England 3-0 and Lee, who still plays in Australia's domestic Big Bash League, told reporters it had been disappointing.

"I think pace-wise we've done pretty well," he said.

"The only negative thing you can probably draw upon, and listening to the commentary team over there, was that Australia chose all the same type of bowler.

"I want to see a Pat Cummins come in, I want to see Mitchell Johnson back."

Lee, who in an injury-marred international career played 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20s, said he had been impressed with the sometimes erratic Johnson during the Indian Premier League earlier this year.

"I was surprised that Mitchell Johnson didn't get the opportunity, and that's nothing against the guys that went over, they all warranted their spot," Lee said of the Test squad.

"Get some pace in, get some pace back in the Australian team. Get some sort of fear factor going. 130 kms seam up is good. You need that."

Left-armer Johnson is part of the Australian one-day team in England but Cummins has a back problem and could miss much of the 2013-14 Australian summer season.

Australia have now gone nine Tests without a victory following a 4-0 loss in India earlier this year. The first of five Ashes Tests on home soil starts in Brisbane in November.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
England 165/10
South Africa 289/7
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
53% - 5209 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
47% - 4593 votes