WA v SA, Sheffield Shield, Perth November 8, 2013

Johnson adds more wickets to tally

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 230 and 2 for 53 need another 266 runs to beat South Australia 222 and 326 (Head 92, Smith 57, Mennie 55, Hogan 3-63, Johnson 3-88)

Mitchell Johnson added another three wickets to his tally on the third day in Perth in preparation for a likely call-up to Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test. Johnson and Michael Hogan each collected three wickets in South Australia's second innings of 326 and at the close of play, the Warriors were 2 for 53 in their chase of 319, with opener Cameron Bancroft on 16, having just lost Marcus North (37) and nightwatchman Jason Behrendorff (0) to Trent Lawford.

Earlier, South Australia rode on the efforts of two of their young batsman, Travis Head and Kelvin Smith, who combined for a 93-run stand. Head missed out on the chance for a maiden first-class century when he was caught off the bowling of Johnson for 92 and Smith fell to Hogan for 57, before Joe Mennie also chipped in with 55.

Johnson's wickets meant he finished the match with 5 for 162, but he also had five catches put down off his bowling throughout the match, and importantly he was able to make the South Australia batsmen uncomfortable with short deliveries. Johnson is likely to join Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, James Faulkner and perhaps Ben Hilfenhaus in the pace group when Australia's first Test squad is named next week.

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  • Hamish on November 9, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, yes but he often bowls with the keeper standing up to him. I don't think I want another Copeland in the team

  • Basil on November 9, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Sayers was the leading wicket taker last year and out bowled Johnson and won the game, but let's talk about Johnson shall we?

  • Peterincanada on November 8, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker and azaman333 Being in Canada I have little to go on except the match report. It does mention that he had 5 catches dropped. If only two had been held his figures would have been a lot better. Also he bothered Trott with short pitched deliveries on slower wickets in England. Last I heard he is a test batsman. I do take your point about no mention of swing or seam movement. Without it you are right he will struggle..

  • Aaron on November 8, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    The media hard on for Johnson is extremely concerning. Comprehensively outbowled by Hogan again, yet gets all the praise. A test batting lineup won't be challenged by his short stuff, they'll just send it to the boundary. No mention of any swing or seam movement, and quite simply without that lateral movement you're going to struggle to dismiss Test class batsmen.

  • Prasanna on November 8, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    How well can this particular group get to reverse the ball ? It is key to our prospects of getting 20 wickets on dry wickets.

  • Mashuq on November 8, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Agree mostly, but in defence of Mitch, he's only just returned from bowling on very different wickets. Still I'm afraid, very afraid.

  • Android on November 8, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    travis head looks good prospect for ozz.silk,head,smith,hughes can lead aussie batting line up

  • Eddie on November 8, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Johnson is supposed to be in good form yet only took 5 at more than 30 on supposedly his best venue. And going for more than four an over in the shield, sounds like five an over against the much better English lineup. Yet Hogan with a vastly superior record and coming off an excellent county season hardly gets a mention. The media really are yes men for Cricket Australia. Don't write anything negative, might miss out on an exclusive. Faulkner and Hilfy? A joke, Faulkner doesn't have enough penetration and is an ODI player and Hilfy is past it

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