Aggressvive run up, slinging action, fiery speed and quality swing bowling; Mitchell Johnson was the star of the second day of the first the Ashes match, in Gabba.
Johnson was in great bowling form, and he lived up to the expectations of thausands of Australian fans, and more importantly, his selectors, capatain and teammates. Johnson was at his aggressive best when, he first struck a rattled Jonathan Trott on the gloves, and then, the head of Stuart Broad.
Off late, Mitchell Johnson has recieved a lot criticism for his “inconsistent” nature of bowling, and for the same reason, he was ignored for the first-leg of the Ashes series, in England earlier this year. Well, to be fair with the selectors, at times, Johnson can be very wayward and leak a lot of runs. But, when he is in form and landing the seam upright, he is one of the most difficult bowlers to face.
In his comeback test match for Australia, Johnson broke the backbone of England’s middle-order, and took 4 quick wickets( “17-2-61-4”) to give his team a big first innings lead. He gave a loud signal to his critics that, when in form, he’s one of the most effective bowlers in the word, and a genuine match-winner.
To celebrate Mitch’s wonderful spell, here are some of his statistical achievements:
- In 51 test matches, Mitchell Johnson has taken 205 test wickets at an average of 30.93. (BB1: 8/61, BBM:11/159)
- Talking about the ODIs, Johnson has 207 wickets in 134 matches, at an average of 25.37. ( BBI: 6/31)
- Mitchell Johnson is the fastest left arm pacer to reach 150 & 200 Test Wickets.
- In 2009, Johnson became the first and only(so far) to recieve the ICC Player of the Year Award.
- He is also the fastest left arm bowler to take 200 ODI wickets.