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Lefties fly in to give Poms a hand

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ENGLAND is taking the potential threat posed by left-arm Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson during the Ashes extremely seriously.

So much so, two left-armers, Essex quick Tymal Mills (pictured) and Nottinghamshire's Harry Gurney, arrived in Perth from England with instructions to give the batsmen a thorough workout prior to the First Test at the Gabba.

Mills, 21, is considered by many players, including England captain Alastair Cook, to be the quickest English bowler around - and off-spinner Graeme Swann would testify to that.

Swann had to go to hospital for an X-ray on his forearm after Mills hit him with a 144kmh thunderbolt in a warm-up game before the last Ashes series. He also hit Joe Root and Tim Bresnan during the match.

Cook, a teammate of Mills at Essex, was not about to take any chances when he found out he was heading to Australia.

"I began digging around in my bag for an armguard," the skipper said. "It is amazing how careers can change very quickly. By really impressing you just never know what can happen."

Don't rule out a late addition to the England squad.

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