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Mitch keen to impress

Source - sportal.com.au

Rising pace bowler Mitchell Johnson is hoping to launch a bid for a Test spot in the twenty20 international with England.

The 25-year-old lefthander has been given a chance to impress in Tuesday night's sell-out clash in Sydney with Stuart Clark and Glenn McGrath being rested following Australia's 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Tasmanian youngster Ben Hilfenhaus has also been called-up and Johnson expects he will be one of his rivals as he targets a place in Australia's next Test against Sri Lanka.

McGrath's Test retirement has opened a place in the Australian team and Johnson is in pole-position after impressing in last year's victorious Champions Trophy campaign and being 12th man throughout the Ashes series.

"We've got a lot of one-dayers before the next Test," he said.

"I can't really be thinking about that too much but there is a spot there so hopefully I can go out there and perform."

"There are a lot of young bowlers around - Shaun Tait and Ben Hilfenhaus - so it's going to be a very exciting 12 months."

Johnson is thrilled to finally face the English after being stuck in the pavilion throughout the Ashes.

"I've been sitting around and watching the guys," he said.

"It's been very exciting for me but it would be nice to get out there and play a few games."

Johnson has fresh experience in the twenty-over format having played in Queensland's nine-run victory over NSW on Friday and believes that bodes well for Tuesday's game at the SCG.

"You've got to keep mixing up your line and length, and your pace," he said.

"You can't just bowl in the same areas, otherwise you'll get punished. You've also got to smile and have some fun with it."

"It should be an exciting game and everyone is looking forward to playing."

Big-hitting all-rounder Andrew Symonds supported that sentiment and has promised to be 'swinging hard'.

"That's what it is all about and I think it has been reflected in the way ticket sales have gone," he added.

"It should be a good, fun night and both teams will probably have a bit of fun with each other and the crowd."

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