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Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson

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Batting Style: Left Handed

DOB: 2nd Nov 1981

Bowling Style: Left-arm fast

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Career Stats
Batting & Fielding
Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
Tests 73 109 16 2065 22.2 123* 3536 58.4 1 11 247 31 27 0
ODIs 153 91 32 951 16.12 73* 987 96.35 0 2 81 23 35 0
T20is 30 17 7 109 10.9 28* 95 114.74 0 0 8 3 5 0
First Class 117 170 31 3180 22.88 123* 5409 58.79 2 15 380 49 39 0
List A 184 108 39 1115 16.16 73* 1193 93.46 0 2 95 24 39 0
T20s 96 49 24 300 12 30 287 104.53 0 0 21 10 20 0
Bowling
Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 73 140 16006 516 8895 313 28.42 3.33 51.14 8/61 16 12 3
ODIs 153 150 7489 74 6038 239 25.26 4.84 31.33 6/31 9 3 0
T20is 30 30 656 2 797 38 20.97 7.29 17.26 3/15 0 0 0
First Class 117 221 23770 772 13356 465 28.72 3.37 51.12 8/61 24 17 4
List A 184 181 9227 97 7387 284 26.01 4.8 32.49 6/31 11 4 0
T20s 96 95 2128 7 2703 114 23.71 7.62 18.67 3/3 0 0 0
Profile

Mitchell Johnson is the great enigma of Australian cricket. On his day, which often comes against South Africa, he is the world’s best bowling allrounder. His slingy left-arm action generates appreciable bounce from length, a fact to which Graeme Smith’s crooked fingers can attest. Johnson can also be a powerful lower-order hitter, with a Test best 123 not out arriving from just 103 deliveries. At his best he is the very best, and in 2009 was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year.

Frustratingly, the disparity between Johnson’s best and worst performances is dramatic. After averaging under 30 with the ball for the three calendar years after his debut in 2007, he went in excess of 35 in 2010 and 56 in 2011. What has made this fall in performance worse in the eyes of his critics has been a perceived lack of resilience and an inability to correct seemingly basic faults. Despite so obviously wrestling with his game for a number of months, Johnson was continually selected, adding grist to the mill of negative public opinion.

After four practically unbroken years leading Australia’s attack, Johnson looked set to be dropped for the 2011-12 summer, but a serious toe injury ruled him out of consideration altogether. During his rehabilitation Johnson sought out Dennis Lillee, his former mentor, a move credited with helping him regain his appetite for a game he admitted he came close to giving up.

With a forward-looking selection panel recently installed and plenty of young bowlers competing for spots, it’s difficult to know what the future holds for Mitchell Johnson. One thing is for sure though; if he recaptures his peak form he will be an asset to his country in all forms of the game.

Last Updated:1st Apr 2016 Author:Jonathan Howcroft
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