Melbourne, July 23 (ANI): Former Australian leg spinner and mentor of Shane Warne, Terry Jenner, has warned the Australian cricket team not to abandon off-spinner Nathan Hauritz and bring in either Brett Lee or Stuart Clark for the Edgbaston Test that gets underway from July 30.
"If you only play three quicks, which one would you have to leave out? It can't be [Peter] Siddle and it can't be Hilfenhaus - who does it leave?" Jenner asked.
"It worries me that we're one down and Hauritz has done a job, but if they're going to try and put their best team on the park - and that includes Mitchell Johnson as an all-rounder - I don't see where they can go. It would be hard to leave him out based on the fact his finger is still sore, unless of course it's broken," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Jenner, as saying.
On Johnson, Jenner said: "The way he's bowling is not express and when he does bowl with a bit of pace he doesn't get it on line. It's really sad at the moment to watch him. It looks like he has no rhythm."
However, former Australian captain Bill Lawry said it would be ludicrous to drop Johnson.
"You've got to be a bit fair to Mitchell Johnson. He's been our No.1 striker for six Test matches, he's carried the attack and he's bowled a lot of overs. But he's still got eight wickets [in this series]. He's not bowling well but it's still not as if he's getting none-for," Lawry said yesterday.
"If Mitchell Johnson falls over we'll fall over ... He's the key to us," he added. (ANI)