The Ashes: Mitchell Johnson looks likely to be part of the Australia attack in Brisbane

Last Updated: 12/11/13 6:59am

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Mitchell Johnson will be rested this week

Mitchell Johnson will be rested this week

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Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson appears to be on the brink of a recall to the Test side.

The Ashes series against England gets underway in Brisbane on 21 November and Johnson will be rested this week rather than turn out for his state team Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, who are widely expected to be in the Australian pace attack at Brisbane, will also sit out this week's provincial action.

Johnson, a 32-year-old left-armer, has taken 205 wickets in 51 Tests but has not represented Australia in that format since March.

However, he has been performing impressively in one-day internationals and Australia's pace options are limited because of injuries to promising youngsters such as Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins.

Johnson has had a mixed time of it in his nine previous Ashes Tests, taking 20 wickets during the 2009 series in England but proving expensive at times.

Harris backing for Johnson

During the last Ashes series in Australia, he was dropped after proving ineffective in the first Test but then produced a man-of-the-match display in the third Test in Perth, taking nine wickets to help Australia to their sole victory in the series.

Harris has been impressed by Johnson's recent form and said: "I have been watching him bowl over in India and it is a bit scary, to be honest.

"He had them jumping over there, he is bowling fast.

"He had a tough time of it 12 months ago, he has been out of the Test team for such a long time. I've spoken to him and I know he wants to be back in the team. He has done everything he can."

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD on 20 November.

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