Johnson’s Greatest Spells
Mitchell Johnson hung up the Baggy Green yesterday afternoon and he finished his international career as Australia’s fourth leading wicket taker in Test Match Cricket.
It is fair to say that Johnson’s career has been a rollercoaster ride and he did struggle at times, but at his brilliant best there was no bowler in the world that was better to watch.
Johnson had the ability to absolutely tear through an opposition and we have put together this list of some of his most explosive spells of bowling.
8-61 vs South Africa In Perth 2008
This was the spell of bowling that turned Mitchell Johnson into a genuine superstar.
Australia lost this test and went on to lose the series, but Johnson gave his side every possible chance with an outstanding spell of fast-bowling that showed he was capable leading the Australian fast-bowling attack.
7-40 vs England In Adelaide 2013
Johnson was absolutely outstanding during the 2013/2014 Ashes Series and he finished the series with 37 wickets, but this spell was the best of the bunch.
Johnson got rid of Ben Stokes, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson in a 24-ball spell that will go down as one of the best in Ashes history.
6-38 vs England In Perth 2010
There was plenty of pressure on Johnson ahead of this Ashes Series and he failed to fire in Brisbane or Adelaide, but he responded to his critics with an phenomenal spell in the third test at the WACA.
Johnson’s spell led Australia to victory in what ended up being their only test match win of the summer.
6-73 vs New Zealand In Hamilton 2010
Johnson was clearly not at his best against New Zealand this series, but he had previously tormented the Black Caps on their home soil.
Mitch took 4-59 in the first innings of this test and he finished off the Kiwis with 6-73 in the second innings to score himself a ten-wicket haul.
5-42 vs England In Brisbane 2013
Johnson’s best Ashes spell may have come at the Adelaide Oval, but he set the tone for the entire series with this blistering display of fast-bowling in the first test at the Gabba.
Combined with Nathan Lyon, Johnson absolutely routed the Poms and a number of the English top-order were never the same players again.
4-61 vs India In Brisbane 2014
The figures don’t look particularly special – at least for Mitchell Johnson – but this was a match-winning spell.
This game looked set to end in a draw, but Johnson tore through the Indian top order and helped Australia to a memorable test match win.
123* With The Bat vs South Africa In Cape Town 2009
There were times that you could argue that Johnson was a genuine all-rounder.
Johnson narrowly missed out on a maiden Test match century when he was stranded without partners in the first test at Johannesburg, but he smacked the South African attack around again to finish with 123* in the third test.