Sydney, Jan 3: Australia's left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is doubtful for the fourth and final Test against India starting here on January 6.
Johnson missed today's training session. He did not travel with the team to Sydney after complaining of hamstring soreness.
The 33-year-old has three days to get fit for the fourth Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The hosts have already sealed the series 2-0 after wins in the opening two Tests. Johnson has taken 13 wickets in the series so far. The third match in Melbourne was drawn.
Yesterday, Johnson had said he preferred to bowl shorter spells in Sydney. (Johnson's throw hits Kohli)
"I've been bowling longer spells. That's been at the back of my mind where I know I'm going to be bowling four, five, six-over spells that I can't be flat out every ball," Johnson was quoted as saying by "Sydney Morning Herald".
He said shorter spells help him to generate more pace in his bowling. "It has dropped off a little bit. We go out there day in and day out and we work really hard and to be able to bowl 150 kmph every game I'd be dreaming if I could do that," he said.
"But I'd like to be going back to bowling shorter spells again. Hopefully I can do that in this Test," he added.
During the third Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Johnson and Virat Kohli were involved in verbal volleys. With MS Dhoni's sudden retirement from Tests, Kohli will lead India in Sydney.
Johnson said India will be aggressive under Kohli's captaincy in Sydney. He termed Kohli as "pretty fiery".
"It could be quite interesting because they're not known for that aggressive type of play. But ever since I've seen him play cricket, I've always seen him pretty fiery," Johnson said yesterday.
"So he'll definitely be an aggressive type of captain I think in the way he sets fields, and I think you'll see a lot different to what MS (Dhoni) did. He is a fierce competitor and he really does like to get involved in it all," he added.
He further said, "It doesn't matter who he plays against, he plays in your face and that is how he likes to play the game. Virat's just been telling us how many runs he's scored and we've just been saying we're two-nil up in the series so that's pretty much it. It's always been part of the game and always will be."