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McGrath advises Johnson to keep it simple

Former Australia speedster Glenn McGrath feels there's nothing wrong with Mitchell Johnson's bowling and advised his protege to sort out "the mental side of things" as the left-arm pacer struggles to find form in the ongoing Ashes series against England.

cricket Updated: Jul 25, 2009 15:17 IST

Former Australia speedster Glenn McGrath feels there's nothing wrong with Mitchell Johnson's bowling and advised his protege to sort out "the mental side of things" as the left-arm pacer struggles to find form in the ongoing Ashes series against England.

McGrath, who has been Australia's most successful fast bowler with 563 Test wickets, has been mentoring Johnson over the past two years and thinks the left-arm pacer needs to keep a clear mind and not worry too much about technical problems.

"A lot of people will be giving Mitch all kinds of technical advice, saying his bowling arm is too low when delivering the ball or his wrist position is wrong, but in my experience, these losses of form are nearly always mental issues, rather than technical ones," McGrath said.

"He had a bit of a lay-off before the Australians came over here, and you cannot always just pick up from where you left off," the 39-year-old was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

"What I would say to Mitch is that he hasn't lost any of the ability that makes him one of the most talented all-round cricketers in the world.

"If Mitch can sort out the mental side of things, I'm convinced everything else would fall into place," said McGrath.