Australia annihilated England by a whopping 391 runs in the first Test at the Gabba. Mitchell Johnson, who circa 2009 was considered the most exciting cricketer in the world, bullied the English in every department.
Johnson was named man of the match for his scores of 64 and 39 not out and taking 9 wickets in the match. Not too long ago we explained our mixed emotions about Mitchell Johnson being recalled to the Australian Test side. Whilst some England fans, particularly those who were at the MCG in 2010, no doubt rejoiced at the recall, we warned against a different, more mature Johnson.
But we have to admit that we thought Clarke’s bold prophecy of Mitchell Johnson being man of the series was a load of hogwash.
England’s bowlers did amicably on a track that suited batting and played very true, but both Harris and Johnson bowled with more nip. In the first innings for example, Johnson bowled rapidly at an average of 89mph.
Australia of old?
The Ashes are ignited and Australia are taking no prisoners – Michael Clarke somewhat unpleasantly sledging Jimmy Anderson to “get ready for a f**king broken arm”, showed an intent and belief that is quintessentially Australian. With a resurgent Mitchell Johnson, he now has the firepower to match his aggressive brand of captaincy.
Australia will be huge favourites for the third Test in Perth considering the pace and bounce akin if not surpassing the Gabba. Alastair Cook meanwhile has admitted that England are up for ‘war’ on the pitch from here on in. All is not lost for England however. They will be glad Adelaide is next up and focus on turning around some woeful batting.
It’s all set for a cracker of a series!
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