Current cricket in focus

Chappell: Johnson similar to Jeff Thomson in style of bowling

Extra pace and the ability to extract bounce has helped Mitchell Johnson created havoc among batsmen who, according to Ian Chappell, must play the bowler off the back foot

February 17, 2014

Posted by mohanakrishnannaresh on (February 19, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

johnson is bowling well in for the couples months only.then why people comparing him the fast bowling legends.we people have to compare when a player is winning more matches for more time with consistency people compare hamla,kholi with some legends in the batting but they play for 5 five only and the comparing persons are playing for 10 to 15 years when a players is playing for long time only we need to compare dont comapre players with just one series or couple of series

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (February 19, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

@VillageGreen That's not true. He teaches the world how you can explain something everybody already knows in 10000 words or more.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

@ashwineasy: Absolutely correct. Dhoni is probably the worst test captain! Michael Clarke on the other hand is amazing! I would love to read his biography! That man has a sharp brain!

P.S: As a nation of 1.2 billion people we can't find 1 bowler like MJ.

Posted by DragonCricketer on (February 18, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

I wish we had film of Eddie Gilbert

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

"ashwineasy".. brilliant!!!

Posted by cccrider on (February 18, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

Morkel is 10-15 km/h off Johnson.

Posted by peter.suen on (February 18, 2014, 0:25 GMT)

It's a great point what Chappelli said about Clarke. He is definitely better at managing Johnson than Ponting.

Posted by mmoosa on (February 17, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

@Jimmyvida...true Johnson and Morkel are similar in pace with Johnson harder to pick up.However Morne can be just as effective if he can also concentrate on his yorker instead of searching for a swing length or a 4th stump corridor.Further Morkel should be given the new ball in place of Vern who averages 60 runs a wicket in his last 3 tests against the Aussies.Time for Morkel to step up and be the spearhead or enforcer that S.A needs.

Posted by VillageGreen on (February 17, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Time to retire Chapelli. You've said nothing new for years. Your place in history is assured…thanks for being a game changer.

Posted by Noboundary on (February 17, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Also left arm bowlers were always difficult to negotiate because of the odd angle the ball comes in. At extreme pace incoming or in swinging balls are harder to negotiate than outs swingers. Out swingers threaten your wicket but in swingers at great pace threaten your person! Therein lies the effectiveness on Johnson.

Comments have now been closed for this article

Play Video
Southee set to return

Oct 23, 2014 New Zealand bowler Tim Southee is set to return for the second ODI against South Africa (01:03)

Play Video
Middle order tussle for Proteas

Oct 22, 2014 South Africa may look to shake up the middle order for the second ODI against New Zealand (01:33)

Play Video
Yasir thrilled with Warne praise

Press Conference: Pakistan debutant Yasir Shah thanks Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne for his encouraging tweet. (01:09) | Oct 24, 2014

Play Video
'Lack of discipline cost us' - Warner

Press Conference: David Warner says that the way Australia batted on day three was disappointing (01:40) | Oct 24, 2014

Play Video
Pakistan lead by 189 at stumps on Day 3

Video Report: Video report of the third day of the first Test between Pakistan and Australia, in Dubai. (00:48) | Oct 24, 2014