Michael Clarke concluded early on in his tenure that his man management of Mitchell Johnson would involve unconditional love, no matter what the tufty-haired purveyor of left-arm ineptitude did with the ball.
Johnson hasn’t taken many wickets recently, but Clarke’s been steadfast in his support. Someone should tell him he can give it a rest now.
Johnson is expected to have surgery on his left big toe this week and is likely to be out of action for about five months.
Seemingly engaging ‘mindless support mode’, Clarke said:
“I think it could have a good impact on him. It will give him more time away from the game to clear his head and get himself fit and strong.”
For once, we’ve got some sympathy for Johnson, because the poor sod’s already at a low ebb and is now going to miss basically a whole season. However, the idea that sitting on his arse with his foot in the air for half a year will somehow improve him as a bowler isn’t all that convincing.