Mitchell Johnson (cricketer)

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Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson YM.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Guy Johnson
Born (1981-11-02) 2 November 1981 (age 33)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Nickname Notch, Midge, Chomps
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 398) 8 November 2007 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 12 February 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 156) 10 December 2005 v New Zealand
Last ODI 24 January 2014 v England
ODI shirt no. 25
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2008 Queensland
2008–present Western Australia
2012–2013 Mumbai Indians
2014–present Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 61 144 103 173
Runs scored 1,735 917 2,777 1071
Batting average 22.24 16.37 22.57 16.47
100s/50s 1/9 0/2 2/13 0/2
Top score 123* 73* 123* 73*
Balls bowled 13,677 7,066 21,021 8,696
Wickets 270 221 412 259
Bowling average 27.47 25.72 28.38 26.88
5 wickets in innings 12 3 17 3
10 wickets in match 3 n/a 4 n/a
Best bowling 8/61 6/31 8/61 6/31
Catches/stumpings 23/– 31/– 33/– 35/-
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 20 November 2014

Mitchell Guy Johnson (born 2 November 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He was awarded the International Cricket Council's 2009 "Cricketer of the Year" award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. He was most successful in the Ashes Series 2013–2014.

Career[edit]

When Johnson attended a fast-bowling clinic in Brisbane at age 17, former Test fast-bowler Dennis Lillee identified him as a "once-in-nine-lives prospect".[2] Lillee contacted former team mate Rod Marsh and arranged for Johnson to join the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide.[2]

Johnson fields in a tour match against Northamptonshire during the 2009 Ashes

Johnson subsequently played for the Australian Under-19 side that toured England in 1999, however recurrent back injuries hampered his prospects. He recovered to start his first-class career two years later, when he was selected to play state cricket for his native Queensland. Playing for Queensland against New Zealand, Johnson hit a six off the first ball he faced in first-class cricket. In September 2005, he was in the Australia A cricket team that toured Pakistan.he generally bowls the sling action and has capability to bowl in excess of 150kph, his fastest being 156.7kph in Melbourne in ashes 2013

Johnson switched from the Queensland Bulls to the Western Warriors on 25 July 2008.[3] In February 2014, he was sold to Kings XI Punjab of Indian Premier League for AUD 1,160,000.[4]

Tests[edit]

Johnson was chosen to be in the squad for the first Ashes Test beginning on 23 November 2006, but was 12th man in all of the games. On 10 November 2007, while making his Australian Test match debut against Sri Lanka at his home ground in Brisbane, Johnson took his first wicket, that of Thilan Samaraweera, caught by Adam Gilchrist. Johnson went on to take 4/96.

On 19 January 2008, Johnson scored his first ever Test half-century, against India in Perth, having been both dropped and bowled off a no ball, although Australia ended up losing the match.

On the second day of the First Test against South Africa in Perth on 18 December 2008 Johnson took seven wickets for just 12 runs, including five wickets for two runs near the close, to reduce the tourists from 3/234 to 8/443. He ended with 5/141 the next day. Later in the series he made 64 batting with Michael Clarke.

The 2009 tour to South Africa saw an important development in Johnson's armoury, the ability to consistently swing the ball into the right-hander, which he previously had struggled to achieve. During the First Test, on 27 February 2009, Johnson scored 96 not out, to help Australia post 466 all out. This included one over in which he scored 26 runs off the bowling of Paul Harris, hitting two fours and three sixes, the last of which carried out of the stadium and broke the record for the most runs in an over for Australia in a Test match. He also took eight wickets with the ball.

In the Second Test, he unleashed a fiery spell of fast bowling that gained him two wickets in his first over, and three in his first spell, as well as sending both Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith off, retired hurt. After this, notable cricket commentator Peter Roebuck described him as the best fast bowler in the world.

In the Third Test, with Australia almost defeated, he struck 123 not out, reaching triple figures in only 66 balls. With tail-ender Bryce McGain for company, Johnson decided to take on the bowling and struck Dale Steyn for six to reach his century. Although Australia went on to lose the Test match by an innings, Johnson was named man of the series, with 16 wickets and over 250 runs in 3 matches.

During the 2009 Ashes tour he was criticised for his poor bowling and his lack of control. Johnson's position as spearhead of the Australian seam-attack was called into question, with match figures of 3/200 in the second Test at Lords and his demotion to first-change bowler in Australia's tour game against Northamptonshire. In the match against Northamptonshire, he returned 7/67 from 18.1 overs as Australia won by 135 runs.[5] Despite his poor form he was selected for the third Test.[6] Johnson consequently re-discovered some form in the fourth test taking 5/69 in the second-innings.[7]

Mitchell Johnson bowling in the nets in January 2009

Johnson appeared to get back to his best towards the end of 2009, earning praise from captain Ricky Ponting during the summer series against both West Indies and Pakistan. He finished the year as the worlds top wicket taker (63), and also became the first Australian to take 30 wickets and score 300 runs in a calendar year.[8]

In the 2010–11 Ashes series Johnson took more wickets than any other Australian with 15 (36.93) even though he played only 4 Tests. In the First Test at the Gabba he was hit for 3/130 in the match and was so out of form that he was dropped. Returning for the Third Test at the WACA he hit 62, took 6/38 and 4/44 was instrumental in Australia's 267 run victory. However, his wayward bowling returned and Johnson became the subject of a chanting by the Barmy Army whenever he bowled; He bowls to the left, He bowls to the right, That Mitchell Johnson, His bowling is shite.[9] In the Fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground England fans sang this as he walked to the crease and he made a first ball duck as England won by an innings to retain the Ashes. In July 2012, he admitted the jibes he’d received from England fans during successive Ashes series defeats had dented his confidence.[10] He has also, however, considered the choice to target him as a compliment.[11] Ever since his overall poor Ashes series, Mitchell Johnson claimed a spot in the South African series. He did not fare well in that series either, without picking up a 4 or 5 wicket haul, leaking many runs, and not contributing heavily with the bat. He picked up a toe injury, escaping being dropped. He did find himself, later that year, in the 3rd Test at Perth against South Africa. He bowled exquisitely, picking up the prized wicket of Hashim Amla and finishing with a four wicket haul. He also gained a place, in the Test series against Sri Lanka. Although he didn't play in the 1st Test, he was the man of the match in the 2nd claiming match figures of 4–79 as well as playing a brilliant 92 not out. He also played in the 3rd Test as an all-rounder due to Shane Watson's injury. He had a poor first innings with the ball and bat. With figures of 1–118 and only making 13, despite a fierce spell to Lahiru Thirimanne which, unfortunately, didn't claim any wickets. He did bowl well in the second innings, claiming the prized wicket of Dilshan and Thirimanne.

Before the 3rd Test against India in March 2013, Australia dropped Mitchell Johnson, along with James Pattinson, Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja following a breach of discipline.[12] Michael Clarke, the captain, revealed that the extreme step had been taken as a result of repeated infractions which led to Watson flying back home and contemplating Test retirement.[13] Former players reacted with astonishment at the harsh decision taken by the team management.[14]

After a year away from international cricket, including being dropped for the mid-season Ashes tour of England, Johnson returned to the Australia team sheet for the return Ashes series in Australia. In the first innings of the first Test, after Australia ended with 295 all out (Johnson himself contributing 64), England were put under pressure by Johnson's intimidatingly quick and thunderously aggressive bowling style. After claiming the wicket of Jonathan Trott just before lunch on the second day, he then dismissed Michael Carberry, Joe Root and Graeme Swann in successive overs, engineering a dramatic English collapse from 2/82 to 136 all out. He backed up his 4–61 in the first innings with 5–42 in the second to seal a crushing victory.

In the next Test at Adelaide, Johnson produced arguably his best ever bowling performance, hurling down 150 km/h thunderbolts on a flat pitch. After Australia scored 9/570, England were steady at 3/136 at lunch on the third day before Johnson again tore through their lineup, this time taking five wickets in three overs and finishing with 7–40 as England made only 172,[15] as Australia won the match by 218 runs. During this match Johnson entered the top ten Australian wicket takers in Test cricket. Johnson continued his exceptional form throughout the series, finding the consistency he had previously lacked, and taking 37 wickets in the five-match series, which Australia won 5–0. He was named Man of the Series, having been Man of the Match in 3 of the 5 matches (the 1st,2nd and 4th Tests).

In his latest series against South Africa, he troubled the batsmen with his bowling as he took 7 wickets in the first innings and 5 wickets in second innings to give Australia an emphatic win by 281 runs.

One Day Cricket[edit]

In December 2005, Johnson was selected for the Australian One Day International team, making his debut against New Zealand in Christchurch, with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns justifying his selection on the grounds of grooming players for the future.

Johnson gave the first signs of his potential at international level against the strong Indian batting line-up in a One Day International in Malaysia, Johnson's 7th. He took 4/11 off just 4 overs, including the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh. Johnson then played in the Australian 2006 ICC Champions Trophy team, and in the group A match against England he took 3/40, including Kevin Pietersen. On 26 January 2007, Johnson took 4 wickets in 8 balls during the seventh match of the CB Series against England, for which he earned Man of the Match honours. In October 2007 Johnson helped Australia seal the ODI series in India. He finished as the top wicket-taker with 14 wickets, which showed his abilities, even on the slow pitches of the sub-continent.[16] In the fifth ODI at Vadodara he took 5/26, his first international five wicket haul.

Australia came into the Champions Trophy ranked second in ODIs; along with being the event's reigning champions.[17] They opened their campaign against an undermanned West Indian outfit who were without prominent players because of an industrial dispute.[18] After being put into bat, Australia fell to 7/172 after 40 overs, before finishing on 8/275 in 50 overs as the pitch flattened out. Johnson scored a career best 73 not out, as Australia scored 69 runs from their batting Powerplay (between overs 44 and 49). In an innings which produced "fierce, clean hitting", Johnson struck three sixes and eight fours in his quick-fire 47 ball innings. Although Johnson went wicketless in the West Indian innings, he secured the man of the match award as Australia won by 50 runs.[19][20]

Awards[edit]

Australia[edit]

Individual[edit]

Test Match awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match performance
1 New Zealand The Gabba, Brisbane 20–23 November 2008 1st Innings: 5 (15 balls: 1×4); 8–3–30–4;
2nd Innings: 31 (59 balls: 3×4, 1x6); 17.3–6–39–5;
2 South Africa Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 26 February–2 March 2009 1st Innings: 96* (131 balls: 10×4, 5x6); 18.1–7–25–4;
2nd Innings: 1 (12 balls); 34.2–2–112–4, 1 catch;
3 New Zealand Seddon Park, Hamilton 27–31 March 2010 1st Innings: 0 (3 balls); 16–2–59–4;
2nd Innings: 0 (1 ball); 20.1–6–73–6;
4 England WACA Ground, Perth 16–19 December 2010 1st Innings: 62 (93 balls: 8x4, 1x6); 17.3–5–38–6;
2nd Innings: 1 (4 balls); 12–3–44–3;
5 Sri Lanka Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 26–28 December 2012 1st Innings: 14–2–63–4; 92* (150 balls: 7x4);
2nd Innings: 1 (4 balls); 8–0–16–2, 1 run out;
6 England The Gabba, Brisbane 21–24 November 2013 1st Innings: 64 (134 balls: 6x4, 2x6); 17–2–61–4;
2nd Innings: 39* (45 balls: 4x4, 1x6); 21.1–7–42–5;
7 England Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 05-9 December 2013 1st Innings: 5 (13 balls: 1x4); 17.2–8–40–7;
2nd Innings: DNB; 24–8–73–1, 1 catch;
8 England Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 26–29 December 2013 1st Innings: 24–4–63–5; 2 (30 balls);
2nd Innings: 1 (4 balls); 15–5–25–3, 1 catch;
9 South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 12–15 February 2014 1st Innings: 33 (54 balls: 6x4); 17.1–1–68–7, 1 catch
2nd Innings: DNB; 16–3–59–5;

ODI awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match performance
1 England Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 26 January 2007 10–2–45–4, 1 catch; DNB
2 India Reliance Stadium, Vadodara 11 October 2007 10–0–26–5; DNB
3 England Lord's Cricket Ground, London 6 September 2009 43* (23 balls: 5x4); 9–1–50–2
4 West Indies Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 26 September 2009 73* (47 balls: 8x4, 3x6); 10–0–44–0, 1 catch, 1 run out
5 New Zealand VCA Stadium, Nagpur 25 February 2011 9.1–3–33–4; DNB
6 Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele 10 August 2011 10–1–31–6; DNB

T20I awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match performance
1 New Zealand Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 26 February 2010 4–0–19–3; 1 (3 balls)


Records and Achievements[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

# Runs Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 123* 21  South Africa Newlands Cape Town South Africa 2009

Test 10 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 11/159 16  South Africa WACA Perth Australia 2008
2 10/132 34  New Zealand Seddon Park Hamilton New Zealand 2010
3 12/127 57  South Africa SuperSport Park Centurion South Africa 2014

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/39 14  New Zealand The Gabba Brisbane Australia 2008
2 8/61 16  South Africa WACA Perth Australia 2008
3 5/69 25  England Headingley Leeds England 2009
4 5/103 28  West Indies Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2009
5 6/73 34  New Zealand Seddon Park Hamilton New Zealand 2010
6 5/64 37  India PCA Stadium Mohali India 2010
7 6/38 40  England WACA Perth Australia 2010
8 5/42 52  England The Gabba Brisbane Australia 2013
9 7/40 53  England Adelaide Oval Adelaide Australia 2013
10 5/63 55  England MCG Melbourne Australia 2013
11 7/68 57  South Africa SuperSport Park Centurion South Africa 2014
12 5/59 57  South Africa SuperSport Park Centurion South Africa 2014

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/26 23  India Reliance Stadium Vadodara India 2007
2 5/29 39  West Indies Warner Park Basseterre Saint Kitts and Nevis 2008
3 6/31 100  Sri Lanka Pallekele Cricket Stadium Pallekele Sri Lanka 2011

Milestones (Test)[edit]

Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
50  Tim Southee (NZ) Caught (A Symonds) Gabba 2008
100  Alastair Cook (ENG) LBW Lord's 2009
150  Tim McIntosh (NZ) Bowled Seddon Park 2010
200  Kumar Sangakkara (SRI) Caught (M Wade) MCG 2012
250  Alviro Petersen (RSA) Caught (B Haddin) SuperSport Park 2014

Milestones (ODIs)[edit]

Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
50  Robin Uthappa (IND) Caught (A Gilchrist) Adelaide Oval 2008
100  Shoaib Malik (PAK) Caught (R Ponting) SuperSport Park 2009
150  Tamim Iqbal (BAN) Bowled Shere Bangla 2011
200  Ravi Bopara (ENG) Caught (A Voges) The Rose Bowl 2013

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is married to former model and karate black belt Jessica Bratich Johnson.[22] They have a daughter together called Rubika Ann.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitchell Johnson". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Townsville Bulletin: Mitch's big wait over
  3. ^ Cricinfo: Johnson moves to Western Australia
  4. ^ "Mitchell Johnson’s million dollar payday in IPL". Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Alex Brown. "Johnson's Edgbaston hopes recede". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  6. ^ Chappell, Ian (18 July 2009). "The Ashes: Mitchell Johnson and Phillip Hughes are causing Australia problems". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/engvaus2009/content/story/418889.html
  8. ^ Lalor, Peter (31 December 2009). "Mitchell Johnson still taking wickets as first-change bowler". The Australian. 
  9. ^ Winslow, Paul (2011-01-03). "Barmy Army's Mitchell Johnson sledge". Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Fans’ taunts got to me: Johnson". Wisden India. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  11. ^ Chris Barrett (2012-07-08). "Pommy ditties can help Mitch find pitch". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Shane Watson one of four dropped by Australia for discipline breach". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Latest incident not isolated: Clarke". Wisden India. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Never heard anything so stupid: Mark Waugh". Wisden India. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  15. ^ "Mitchell Johnson rips through England". 
  16. ^ Australia in India ODI Series, 2007/08 – Most Wickets, Cricinfo, Retrieved 18 October 2007
  17. ^ "More mismatch than rematch", Cricinfo, 26 September 2009, accessed 27 September 2009
  18. ^ "Under-strength Windies worry Ponting", Trinidad News, 25 September 2009, accessed 26 September 2009
  19. ^ "Johnson's runs 'proved vital' – Ponting", Cricinfo, 27 September 2009, accessed 27 September 2009
  20. ^ "Australia survive West Indies scare", Cricinfo, 26 September 2009, accessed 27 September 2009
  21. ^ "Johnson named 2009's best cricketer". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  22. ^ http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10494497/jess-into-bat-for-fundraiser/
  23. ^ http://m.watoday.com.au/wa-news/its-a-girl-for-mitchell-johnson-and-wife-20121208-2b1xu.html It's a girl for Mitchell Johnson and wife

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
2009
Succeeded by
Sachin Tendulkar