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Full name Mitchell Guy Johnson
Born November 2, 1981, Townsville, Queensland
Current age 31 years 203 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Mumbai Indians, Queensland, Western Australia
Nickname Midge, Notch
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
Height 1.89 m
|Test debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Nov 8-12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Delhi, Mar 22-24, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Australia at Christchurch, Dec 10, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 10, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Zimbabwe at Cape Town, Sep 12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 8, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v Australia at Delhi, Mar 22-24, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Oct 25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last List A||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 10, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Jan 6, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Delhi, May 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/40, 6||Mum Indians||v Super Kings||Delhi||21 May 2013||T20|
|2, 2/23||Mum Indians||v Royals||Mumbai||15 May 2013||T20|
|1/43||Mum Indians||v Sunrisers||Mumbai||13 May 2013||T20|
|2/8||Mum Indians||v Warriors||Pune||11 May 2013||T20|
|10*, 2/13||Mum Indians||v KKR||Mumbai||7 May 2013||T20|
|3/27||Mum Indians||v Super Kings||Mumbai||5 May 2013||T20|
|1/21||Mum Indians||v Sunrisers||Hyderabad (Deccan)||1 May 2013||T20|
|2/29||Mum Indians||v Kings XI||Mumbai||29 Apr 2013||T20|
|9*, 0/27||Mum Indians||v RCB||Mumbai||27 Apr 2013||T20|
|2/26||Mum Indians||v KKR||Kolkata||24 Apr 2013||T20|
Mitchell Johnson remains a once in a generation bowler more than a decade after he was first spotted by Dennis Lillee as a 17-year-old. No other fast man has been able to copy his successful left-arm method that mixes bouts of waywardness with spot-on strike-power. Off the field he is so shy that it is hard to believe he has taken on the role as Australia's chief marksman, a weapon capable of hitting batsmen and 155kph.
An athlete who started out preferring tennis, Johnson was late to focus on cricket and suffered early in his career with four back stress fractures that almost floored him for good. He persevered, driving a plumbing van when he lost his Queensland contract, and became only the fourth Australian left-arm paceman to pass 100 Test wickets. With a strong, flowing run to the crease, Johnson can become mechanical in delivery, especially if his wrist, a long-term concern, is in the wrong position. When it's bad, he sprays the ball on both sides of the wicket like an old-fashioned firebrand. When it's perfect, there is probably no better bowler in the game.
The late swing at pace is a major problem, along with sharp bounce, and sometimes it's just the angle across the batsmen that undoes them. South Africa suffered the most brutal spells in 2008-09 while England's run-makers enjoyed his wonkiest ones during the 2009 Ashes. Whatever his mood, he has become a must-have for Ricky Ponting since debuting in 2007 - and that's before considering his batting.
Johnson's belief in his run-making is so strong that he would like to open in Twenty20s or one-dayers in the future, and he will always be able to claim his Test average was 99.00 after five games. His style is smooth enough for a specialist and when he nails a big swing it looks as effortless as Ernie Els on the golf course. The owner of a Test hundred and a 96, both against the might of South Africa, he will be mildly miffed if he doesn't finish his career as a genuine allrounder.
ICC Cricketer of the Year 2009
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