The Ashes The Ashes: Ryan Harris claims England still scared of Mitchell Johnson

England still live in fear of destructive paceman Mitchell Johnson, Australia's Ryan Harris has claimed.

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Ryan Harris reckons he can see right through England's bluster and insists they have a problem with his fellow Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.

While Stuart Broad insisted last week that England can cope with Johnson, Harris - who will not play in the Ashes after his injury-enforced retirement - is convinced the hosts will struggle against the 33-year-old left-armer.

Johnson took 37 wickets at an average of 13.97 in the 2013-14 Ashes as Australia stormed to a 5-0 whitewash series victory.

"They keep saying they're not worried about Mitchell Johnson, but the way they played him in Australia, we know they have a problem with him," Harris told SEN 1116 on Monday.

"So I'm fairly confident. The boys are ready to go, let me put it that way."

Harris announced last week that he has retired from cricket after a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, with the 35-year-old pulling out of Australia's tour of England less than a week before the first Test, which starts in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Australia will undoubtedly miss Harris, who took 57 of his 113 career Test wickets against England.

But the veteran claimed the rest of the pace brigade impressed him enough against West Indies last month to prove they will succeed without him.

Josh Hazlewood (12 wickets), Mitchell Starc (10) and Johnson (8) topped the wicket-taking charts for the two-Test series in the Caribbean.

Harris has been replaced in Australia's squad by Pat Cummins.

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