Victoria v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 2nd day November 18, 2010

Johnson delivers all-round reminder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 3 for 77 trail Western Australia 368 (Johnson 121*, Voges 95, Robinson 78) by 291 runs

Mitchell Johnson managed something none of his Australian squad mates have this week by producing a century - and he showed some form with the ball as well. Johnson's unbeaten 121 was his first Sheffield Shield hundred and he followed it up by getting a run-out and the wicket of Aaron Finch as Western Australia took control at the MCG.

Australia's specialist batsmen have been struggling around the country but Johnson showed them how it was done on the most run-friendly surface currently on offer. Johnson collected 18 fours and a six during his 143-ball innings and brought up his milestone with back-to-back fours off Damien Wright.

Western Australia were dismissed for 368 on a rain-interrupted day and had the hosts 3 for 77 when play was called off early. Johnson ran-out Michael Hill for 11 and hit Finch on the forearm before the batsman was caught at mid-on attempting a pull.

Johnson finished with 1 for 18 off seven overs in an encouraging warm-up for next week's Ashes Test. Mitchell Marsh improved the Warriors' position with the late wicket of David Hussey (16), who was caught behind after trying to drive. The opener Rob Quiney was left unbeaten on 41.

Rain allowed only three overs before lunch and there were more delays in the second session. The Warriors had resumed on 6 for 319 and the setbacks did not help Adam Voges, who added only four to his overnight 91. Voges was bowled by a John Hastings off-cutter and the bowler also picked up Brett Dorey to collect 3 for 66.

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  • Paul on November 19, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Attention Andrew Jenkinson.....I hope you hold that tought after the 5 tests are completed .... Print this page and are prepared to eat your words ! Credit where credit is due ..5/35 with 121* how often do you see that on a score card ?? ....Thanks Customkid....

  • Tak on November 19, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Personally I think it's great to see at least one Australian cricketer beginning to hit form just prior to the Ashes.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    Reminder of what? That he performs once every blue moon? Please. Most overrated player on the planet.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Lets hope Johnson can keep this up.

  • Benjamin on November 19, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Edit Make that 5/35 to go with the 121* - good signs MGJ!

  • Benjamin on November 19, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    It seems to go hand in hand with MG Johnson. If he's making runs then he's usually taking wickets and vice versa. 3/35 after121 n.o. so far would indicate that holds true. Let's hope he's gaining some momentum for next week and can tear the English top order a new one! He generally needs some miles in the legs before he performs well.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Good signs for australia if johnson is making runs, getting run outs and taking wickets.

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