Mitchell Johnson takes dig at Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad after Australia reclaims Ashes urn

Johnson took 37 wickets in the 5-0 sweep of Cook`s England in 2013-14 which sparked the exits of several senior players. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 09.54 AM (IST)

Former Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday took a dig at England opener Alastair Cook and paceman Stuart Broad, saying Australia's star spinner Nathan Lyon's wish to see the end of some England careers after another Ashes whitewash will come true if the tourists' struggling senior players fail to lift quickly.

Johnson took 37 wickets in the 5-0 sweep of Alastair Cook`s England in 2013-14 which sparked the exits of several senior players and staff.  

Following the loss, England spinner Graeme Swann retired after the third test of that ill-fated series, while batsmen Michael Carberry and Kevin Pietersen were never seen again in test whites.

"Going to the next test I think England will have to think about changes. "I`m not sure if (paceman) Stuart Broad is up to it at the moment. There will be some question marks around him, (as) a senior player, Johnson said.

"Alastair Cook is someone who I think has been thinking about retirement. I just wonder now with the scoreline being 3-0 whether that will take a bit of pressure off him and he`ll just go out there and score runs. I`m not sure," he added.

The 36-year-old further said that "the scars are there from the last series."

Cook managed only 83 runs in the current campaign. While Broad has only five wickets from the three matches.