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Mitchell Johnson

Bowler

Bowls Left Arm Fast

Did you know?

Was a gifted, right-handed junior tennis player who was sought after as a tennis scholar until his cricket potential was recognised by former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.

WICKETS
313
AVERAGE
28.4

Mitchell Johnson

Bowler

Bowls Left Arm Fast

Did you know?

Was a gifted, right-handed junior tennis player who was sought after as a tennis scholar until his cricket potential was recognised by former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.

WICKETS
239
AVERAGE
25.3

Mitchell Johnson

Bowler

Bowls Left Arm Fast

Did you know?

Was a gifted, right-handed junior tennis player who was sought after as a tennis scholar until his cricket potential was recognised by former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.

WICKETS
38
AVERAGE
21

Bowler

Bowls Left Arm Fast

AGE
35
HEIGHT
189CM
BORN

Townsville, QLD

COUNTRY

Australia

Australia
STATE

WA

WA
LOCAL CLUB

Wanneroo

Bio

The career of fiery left-armer Mitchell Johnson has been the proverbial roller-coaster ride.

Statistically, he ranks as a genuine fast-bowling great of Australian cricket. But as is often the case, the raw figures don't even come close to telling his full story.

At his best – such as the Perth Test in 2008, Johannesburg in 2009 and Adelaide in 2013 – Johnson has produced some of the most memorable and exhilarating performances in recent memory.

But at his lowest moments – think Lord's in 2009 and the Gabba in 2010 – Johnson's wayward bowling and mental state have left him disenchanted with the game and the subject of ridicule from opposing fans.

When faced with a lengthy rehabilitation following toe surgery in 2011, Johnson even questioned whether he had the ability or desire to return to international cricket.

But barely three years later he was the most feared fast bowler in the world, having destroyed England and South Africa on his way to claiming the 2014 Allan Border Medal.

MATCHES
73
DEBUT
2007
CAP NO
398
BEST BATTING
123
BEST BOWLING
8-61
Bowling
WICKETS
313
AVERAGE
28.4
ECONOMY
3.33
S/R
51.1
5W
12
10W/M
3
Batting
RUNS
2065
INNINGS
109
NOT OUTS
16
AVERAGE
22.2
100s
1
50s
11
MATCHES
153
DEBUT
2005
CAP NO
156
BEST BATTING
73
BEST BOWLING
6-31
Bowling
WICKETS
239
AVERAGE
25.3
ECONOMY
4.84
S/R
31.3
5W
3
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
951
INNINGS
91
NOT OUTS
32
AVERAGE
16.12
100s
0
50s
2
MATCHES
30
DEBUT
2007
CAP NO
24
BEST BATTING
28
BEST BOWLING
3-15
Bowling
WICKETS
38
AVERAGE
21
ECONOMY
7.29
S/R
17.3
5W
0
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
109
INNINGS
17
NOT OUTS
7
AVERAGE
10.9
100s
0
50s
0

From the Vault: When Mitch first met the Proteas

December 2008, and Mitchell Johnson is unleashed against South Africa for the very first time. The result? Career-best figures of 8-61


1:54 Ponting-on-the-IPL-Final-still

Smith, Johnson shine in IPL final: Ponting

Ricky Ponting reviews the key contributions of Pune captain Steve Smith and Mumbai strike weapon Mitch Johnson in the IPL final


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Six balls that won Mumbai the title

Mitchell Johnson had ball in hand with Steve Smith and Dan Christian at the other end needing 11 runs for victory in the IPL final, with the speedster turning back the clock


The origin of Johnson's Ashes rampage

One of the greatest Ashes performances in history was sparked on the flat, benign wickets of the subcontinent


Johnson likes three quicks and a spinner // Getty

Johnson weighs in on 'Big Four' debate

England's troubles with the short ball at Trent Bridge has excited Australian fans of a pace quartet this summer


England with big issues before Ashes: Johnson

Former Test paceman says nature of defeat to South Africa speaks volumes ahead of trip Down Under