Mitchell Johnson


Bowls Left Arm Fast

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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.


Bowls Left Arm Fast


Townsville, QLD








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.

Iconic Test Moment: Johnson's magnificent seven

One of the most memorable Ashes spells in recent memory, Mitchell Johnson bowled with pace and fire to destroy England in Adelaide in 2013

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Australians remember Johnson's Ashes

Five years after the series that would define his career, former Australian teammates share memories of Mitchell Johnson

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Mighty Mitch rips through England

Mitchell Johnson produced one of his many electrifying spells of fast bowling against England on a flat pitch at the Adelaide Oval in 2013-14

Aussie Ashes great expects Test rest for Cummins

Former quick Johnson believes tourists will rest the world's number one bowler for the next Test at Headingley

Maxwell our World Cup captain: Johnson

Retired quick nominates a left-field option to lead Australia in their defence of the showpiece 50-over event

Test greats praise young Canes quick

Riley Meredith continues to impress in the BBL, drawing praise from former Test players and raising hopes of a future in international cricket