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Last Updated: Friday, 26 January 2007, 09:41 GMT
Johnson eager for World Cup spot
Mitchell Johnson takes a wicket
Johnson has made major strides forward in the past few months
Mitchell Johnson set his sights on a place in Australia's World Cup squad after being named man of the match for his 4-45 against England in Adelaide.

Johnson, brought into the side in place of Nathan Bracken, played the leading role as England were all out for 110.

"Nathan's one of the best one-day bowlers in the world so to fill his boots has been great fun.

"It would be great to go to the World Cup - but we've still got this series to finish first," he commented.

The 25-year-old left-arm paceman has only played 14 one-day internationals but said it was easier settling into international cricket when playing for a successful side.

"In my first couple of games I was quite nervous, but now I feel a bit more comfortable and a bit more part of the team.

"It's been a great time for me, I've really been enjoying my cricket and that's all I want to keep doing," he added.

Earlier this week, Australia coach John Buchanan expressed concern that his side were not being tested enough by England and New Zealand in the triangular competition.

But skipper Ricky Ponting had no such reservations despite their latest match lasting just 59 overs from start to finish.

"It doesn't get much more comprehensive than that. That was a terrific win, to bowl them out for 110 and get the runs one down off 24 overs.

"It's been a really good day but we can't get carried away with that. We've set pretty high standards for ourselves and we want to keep improving every game

"I wasn't that pleased with the last two games, but today we've really bounced back and played some excellent cricket again," he said.

Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting
Few would bet against Australia retaining the World Cup

Ponting admitted the selectors would not have an easy task when they meet to choose the World Cup squad next month.

"Just look at the guys coming into the side of late - Mitchell Johnson, Stuart Clark, Hoggy [Brad Hogg] coming back in today, everyone's just getting the job done.

"There's certainly going to be some tough selections for that squad of 15, but I don't think there'll be too many surprises. We'll just have to wait and see how things pan out over the next few days."

Ponting was also delighted that he and Matthew Hayden were able to spend a bit of time in the middle, sharing an unbroken stand of 79 to finish off the match.

"I haven't had much batting over the last couple of weeks with missing a game and missing out in Sydney the other night.

"You can train as hard as you like in the nets but until you get good quality time out in the middle, you never feel like you've got your confidence back."

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