WA v SA, Sheffield Shield, Perth

Johnson takes two in encouraging display

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 6, 2013

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Western Australia 0 for 49 trail South Australia 222 (Head 51, Mennie 50, Behrendorff 4-58, Hogan 3-43) by 173 runs

Mitchell Johnson walks back to his mark, Western Australia v South Australia, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day, November 6, 2013
Mitchell Johnson took 2 for 74 © Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson claimed only two wickets but bowled with enough intensity to encourage Australia's selectors on the first day of Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at the WACA. Johnson has a good chance of being recalled to the Test side for the opening Ashes match at the Gabba and although he was at times wayward, he also sent down plenty of challenging deliveries.

Although Johnson left the field with a foot problem during the day, he returned to claim the final wicket of Joe Mennie (50) to add to his lbw of Travis Head for 51 earlier in the day to finish with 2 for 74 from 16.4 overs. Johnson started the day with two wides from his first three balls but later delivered several lifting balls that made life awkward for the batsmen, although his team-mates finished with better figures.

Jason Behrendorff collected 4 for 58 and Michael Hogan took 3 for 43 as the South Australians struggled to make the most of the opportunity to bat first after winning the toss. Head and Mennie were the only batsmen to score half-centuries and Phillip Hughes, the only batsman who could have been pushing for Test selection, was caught behind off Hogan for 25.

The Redbacks were dismissed for 222 in the post-tea session, leaving 21 overs for the Warriors to move along to 0 for 49. Cameron Bancroft went to stumps on 25 with Marcus North on 22.

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Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Getting clattered round the park at 5 an over is NOT a good way to claim a Test place

Posted by Phat-Boy on (November 7, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

Harris is arguably the third bowler picked for a World XI and has plenty of brownie points. Johnson hasn't been a factor since the last Ashes series played in Australia and is being lauded over his continued mediocrity.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (November 7, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Give the guy a break. He's just back from India. Don't see anyone laying into Harris because he had 1-100 at one point - has about 2-120 right now in the QLD game. It takes time to settle into the longer format.

Posted by Phat-Boy on (November 7, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

Yeah this is a great sign on the back of his brilliant 7-wickets-at-over-30 performance in India that was supposed to signal the second-coming of Christ. 2-74 is simply brilliant, and making Phil Hughes look ordinary is very tough, it hasn't happened since the great Chris Martin made him look hopeless.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson is past it he will prob 0-100 but M Clarke will say he bowled well without luck because they are mates

Posted by Chris_P on (November 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

2 for 74 is encouraging? Off 16 overs as well? Interesting......

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

@Rahul Venkat: There is no one else in WA.They are rebuilding from the ground up and it's full of young players here, they have to toughen up because they are the only guys there. If they have been picked, then Langer believes they are good enough and Langer wants to teach them how to play hard cricket so in 3/4 years he could have a good side.

'If you're good enough, you're old enough' - Bill Lawry.

Posted by DSPT on (November 6, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Was at the game, he bowled well in patches woth decent pace. But it seemed to me he couldn't consistently get the ball in the right area. Should improve in the second innings and should be better off for the run.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Does anybody think that Bancroft and Bosisto have been thrown into the Deep by playing FC cricket so raw and young ??? Is it fair for the 20 year olds if they are given a taste of FC cricket when they might not be ready ??

Posted by azzaman333 on (November 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Being outbowled by Behrendorf and Hogan is a promising display? We must have extremely low expectations from Johnson.

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