Ashes 2013-14: Mitchell Johnson delighted to play key role as Australia win in Brisbane
Mitchell Johnson was delighted to play a starring role in Australia's crushing victory over England at the Gabba.
Last Updated: 24/11/13 9:54am
The left-arm paceman claimed nine wickets in the match as the hosts crushed England by 381 runs at the Gabba with a day to spare.
It was Australia's first Test triumph in 10 attempts and fittingly it was Johnson who took the final wicket, taking a simple return catch to dismiss James Anderson and complete his five-wicket haul.
"I couldn't have asked for a better start," Johnson told Sky Sports.
"All the guys had big performances throughout this Test match. We wanted to go 1-0 up here in 'Brissy'. We know last time what happened, so it's a very nice start. But that's all it is.
"Being 1-0 up was the plan. But it's only the start of the series, not the end. There's a long way to go and we know that England are going to come back hard.
"We've got to enjoy this moment; we haven't won for a while. We went in there (the dressing room) and sung the team song, which was so enjoyable. Everyone is happy."
Johnson didn't just do damage to England with the ball, also making crucial runs in the home side's first innings.
His knock of 64 saw him put on a pivotal seventh-wicket partnership worth 114 with Brad Haddin that helped Australia out of a tricky situation, having slumped to 132-6 after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
"It definitely gives you that confidence (scoring runs)," he admitted. "But I've got that confidence and belief in myself, so if I do miss out with the bat it's not a big deal. My main job is to go out there and bowl well."
Not only was Johnson's performance the perfect response to his Test recall, it also kept the 'Barmy Army' - who have so often targeted the Queenslander - off his case, at least for one match anyway.
"I was pretty relaxed - as in not listening to them," the 32-year-old told Ian Ward after being named man of the match.
"I had to go down there at fine leg and listen to them. I think through this whole Test match they were pretty quiet. I think that's going up and down during the series, but hopefully it's more down."