Australia Profiles > Mitchell Johnson
- Date of Birth: 02.11.1981
- Bats: Left-hand
- Bowls: Left arm fast medium
A physical specimen capable of bowling seriously fast, Mitchell Johnson will be looking to show England just how good he is this winter.
The left-armer struggled during the 2009 Ashes, his lack of control, which ended up with him being demoted from taking the new ball, saw him becoming the butt of the jokes amongst the home fans.
Accuracy has been an issue for the Queenslander, though when he is on song there are few batsmen who would fancy having to face him, particularly on a bouncy surface.
Having played in his first ODI in 2005 Johnson had to wait a further two years to get his Baggy Green against Sri Lanka in Brisbane after being 12th man throughout the 5-0 series sweep of England.
After such a big billing Johnson found it hard to live up to the hype; while obviously quick he struggled for control and could not be fully trusted at pivotal moments.
However, everything changed for him when he started coming up against South African batsmen. He claimed a career-best 8-61, but was unable to stop Australia slipping to a rare series defeat Down Under.
He helped them gain instant revenge in the return series, though, starring with the ball and also maturing into a dangerous lower order batsman.
The left-hander followed up an unbeaten 96 in the first Test with brutal knock of 123 not out later in the series. When he makes contact with the ball, it certainly stays hit.
While the Ashes didn't go according to plan, Johnson not being helped by a row between his mother and his girlfriend, Jessica Bratich, he still took 50 wickets and scored 500 runs for the calendar year in 2009.
He warmed up for the return against England with eight wickets in the two Test losses away in India, proving that he is still the spearhead of Ricky Ponting's pace attack.
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||2009 - 2011|
|5 Wicket Innings:||7|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||8/61|
|Career Span:||2006 - 2011|
|5 Wicket Innings:||3|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||6/31|
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