Johnson fights back to stun England

January 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Will the real Mitchell Johnson please stand up!

Gone is the timid, wild, expensive chucker from Brisbane and in is the deadly bowler we all knew he was. A solid knock of 61 on day one perhaps boosted his confidence and the moment he began to find some swing with the ball on day two, the writing was on the wall for England.

He took six wickets for 38 runs – the fourth time he has taken a five for in as many games at the Waca – including what those following the Livescores will recall as a devastating spell of 4 for 7 in 27 balls before lunch.

England had been going along nicely at 78-0 and many thought they were gearing up for another extended session with the bat, just as we had seen at Brisbane and Adelaide.

But the moment Alastair Cook edged to gulley Johnson – and Australia – didn’t let the momentum slip. The pacy left-hander sent down a series of brutally quick deliveries that swung to devastating effect.

Jonathan Trott attempted a drive from a full ball but misjudged the movement and was caught lbw, three balls later Kevin Pietersen went inthe same way. With 3 for 4 in two overs Johnson was flying and for the first time in the series England were under serious pressure.

Collingwood went soon after and once the tail was exposed by Ryan Harris, Johnson swept up the innings with the dismissals of Tremlett and Anderson.

It was hard not to feel sorry for Johnson a few weeks ago and begrudge him his moment in the sun now. After the drawn test in Brisbane he was made the scapegoat by the Aussie media, who didn’t hold back in their scathing criticism of the 29-year-old.

It was perhaps unfair to single out Johnson, as he wasn’t alone in struggling on the flat Gabba pitch so credit must go to him for getting his head down, working on his action, and coming back flying.

With those studying the Live cricket scores noting that Australia as ahead by 200 runs with seven wickets in hand, the stage is set of a test winning innings tomorrow and should that happen Johnson should now be seen as the hero – rather than the villain – by the Aussie media.


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