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The Ashes: Reliving the furious Mitchell Johnson

Have a look at Mitchell Johnson’s contribution to this coveted series from his playing years. Here we relive the furious Mitchell Johnson’s ashes performances.

Last updated: 27.12.2021
The Ashes: Reliving the furious Mitchell Johnson

The Ashes 21-22 is going on currently down under and things are really riling up between the two teams.i.e between Australia and England. With the history attached with the Ashes tour for these two teams, situations always tend to get heated. Notably, we have seen some fiery bowling spells from Australia pacers with the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and the spearhead of their bowling attack ‘Pat Cummins’ in the first two matches of the ongoing series. 

While witnessing the 150 kmph outswingers of Pat Cummins to immaculate line and length of Josh Hazlewood, this series got all covered in the bowling department. In addition to this, Mitchell Starc’s thunderbolts were just icing on the cake. In totality, all these skills made us relive those moments and fiery spells of the mighty ‘Mitchell Johnson’ especially during the 2014 Ashes in Australia. And hence, have a look at Mitchell Johnson’s contribution to this coveted series from his playing years.

Getting benched to finally getting a chance

After getting benched for the 2006 Ashes series and being the 12th man during that tour itself, Johnson strived to get his chance to play. And finally, the left-arm-fast grabbed the opportunity given and picked 20 wickets in the series. This was certainly considered as  a ‘master in making’ series for Johnson.

Ashes 2010-11 season

The year 2010-11 would probably be considered as Australia’s darkest days as England managed to clinch a series ‘Down Under’. However, Johnson was the highest wicket-taker for Australia that season. Also after performing well, the speedster from Townsville didn’t manage to help bring Ashes home.

Ashes 2013-14: Unleashing the furious Mitch

Coming to the Ashes tour, Johnson had different plans to strongarm opposition. He had a totally different personality as if he were a man on a mission. Talking about his personality, the 40-year-old with a moustache brought fear to the opposition even before facing a single ball. Notably, the moustache is considered as one of the glories of Australian sport. Coming to the statistics, he managed to scalp 37 wickets in the series, breaking an all-time record of Glenn McGrath. Additionally, he was also considered as the main reason to end the career of England’s the-then No.3 batsman Jonathan Trott. Such was the impact of the player during that series. Fiery bouncers to England opener Carberry to giving stare to James Anderson, Johnson was considered as the main reason for whitewashing England during that series. Quite literally, he demolished England's batting lineup. During this series, his mean average was 13.97, which included three five-wicket hauls.

Ashes 2015 season

Even though Johnson kept performing at his sheer best with some of the most crucial performances in the 2015 Ashes, he really struggled to maintain consistent line and immaculate length. And hence,he only managed to take 15 wickets at a bowling average of 34.93, which certainly gave us a glimpse to an end to an amazing career.

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