Poms ponder plans for potent Johnson

England coach Trevor Bayliss warns his side they must be willing to shoulder arms to parry Mitchell Johnson’s express pace in the Ashes.

Johnson snagged two wickets in the first Test at Cardiff, where he was largely ineffectual and Australia suffered a 169-run loss.

The left-armer returned to his intimidatory best at Lord’s, letting the ball rip at speeds of almost 150 km/h to snare six scalps in the match.

Moeen Ali tamely popped up a bouncer to short leg on Sunday, while Johnson elicited false strokes from Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler.

Michael Holding observed that Johnson’s pace worried the English batsmen into playing deliveries they could have left.

Bayliss agreed.

“Probably the one shot we didn’t employ against him today was the leave,” he said.

“The players have got to work out an individual plan.

“They did down in Cardiff.

“But he’s a good bowler there’s no denying that and he bowled pretty well in this match.”

Cook conceded his side had to spend more time working out plans for Johnson.

“That’s something we’ll look at in the next couple of days,” he said.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann paid tribute to the fashion in which Johnson conquered his Lord’s demons, having famously come unstuck on the slope in 2009.

“He’s had some difficult times in England in the past, but he’s a different Mitchell Johnson you see playing for Australia now,” Lehmann said.

“He’s a great athlete to watch. We enjoy watching him when he’s on song.

“He was brilliant today, bowled fast.”

Johnson’s haul left him with 299 Test wickets, while the 33-year-old is on 1999 Test runs.

Shane Warne is the only Australian to have brought up the double of 300 wickets and 2000 runs, but Johnson will almost certainly join him when the third Test starts on July 29.

Warne, calling the second Test for Sky Sports, was one of many pundits to suggest Johnson looked a lot like the beast that claimed 37 wickets in the 2013-14 Ashes.

“They still fear him by the way they’ve played him in this match,” Warne said.

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