Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ponting Is Backing Misfiring Mitchell to Turn Things Round; Under-Fire Bowler Is Set to Be Given the Chance to Redeem Himself in Third Test after Failing to Live Up to the Pre-Tour Hype. by David Lloyd

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ponting Is Backing Misfiring Mitchell to Turn Things Round; Under-Fire Bowler Is Set to Be Given the Chance to Redeem Himself in Third Test after Failing to Live Up to the Pre-Tour Hype. by David Lloyd

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Byline: David Lloyd

RICKY PONTING has given misfiring fast bowler Mitchell Johnson the all-clear to play in tomorrow's Third Ashes Test. The Aussies will not finalise their line-up until the morning following one last look at the Edgbaston pitch, but Ponting made it as plain as he could today that Johnson will get the nod.

"There is no doubt I have seem him bowl better, and he probably feels he has bowled better through his career as well, but every player I've ever played with has gone through those little ups and down and we are hoping we'll see some good stuff from him over the next few days," said Australia's captain.

Johnson had a nightmare at Lord's as England went 1-0 ahead in the npower series and then went on to finish last weekend's tour game at Northampton with grim figures.

"It's been more of a confidence thing and we're probably using him in this game in a slightly different way -- using him more as a strike, impact bowler," said Ponting.

There is no doubt Australia have been loathe all along to ditch Johnson, who bowled brilliantly for them in South Africa four months ago and could yet be an Ashes winner this summer.

The 27-year-old left-armer with a slingy action is still the leading wickettaker among the pace bowlers on either side with eight victims. Trouble is, they have cost him 41 runs apiece and it was his woeful performance with the new ball at Lord's -- eight overs for 53 runs -- which enabled England to get away to a flyer through Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.

Johnson was not given the new ball in either innings against Northants, where match figures of 18.1-1-107-1 did his case no good at all. But Ponting has looked beyond the analysis.

He said: "Although his figures didn't look that flattering, towards the latter half of the game he started to get the ball through at really good pace and you could see he was a lot clearer about what he was trying to do.

"I think he got a bit out of the game at Northampton. We've all looked closely at what he's done on this tour and there has been a lot of talk about his technique and his action being all over the place. …

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