Johnson questions England's resolve

11 December 2017 08:25:03 EST

Former scourge of England Mitchell Johnson has questioned whether the current tourists have the mental resolve to avoid another Ashes humiliation.

Johnson, who bagged 37 wickets in the whitewash of 2013-14, picked on veteran batsman Alastair Cook and his successor as captain Joe Root.

You've got guys like Alastair Cook struggling. He can't find form. And I'd say he's thinking about retirement.

Mitchell Johnson

Cook plays his 150th Test this week in Perth while Root is in his first series against Australia as captain.

"England will struggle mentally," Johnson said about the remaining three Tests at the WACA, MCG and SCG.

"You've got guys like Alastair Cook struggling. He can't find form. And I'd say he's thinking about retirement.

"He has played 150 Test matches; it's got to take it out of you.

"Joe Root is the skipper, and there's a lot of pressure on him with what's happening outside the game but also winning the toss and what he did last game was debatable and that's got to mentally take its toll on him as well.

"He'll be questioning and doubting himself."

England are set to name the same XI on Thursday following the 120-run loss in Adelaide last week.

The tourists are 15/4 to win the third Test, while Australia are priced at 4/6 and the draw is 11/4 while the Baggy Greens are 125/1 to win the series 5-0.

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