Sydney, Mar 1 : Australian selectors are pondering over replacing Mitchell Starc, who went wicket less during the Chennai Test, with experienced Mitchell Johnson in the second Test match against India in Hyderabad, starting on Saturday.
The Australian think-tank is also set to resist any urge to rest James Pattinson in a move that leaves Starc fighting to retain his place in the Test team, News. com. au reports.
Back-up pace man Johnson has entered the frame to replace Starc, and his selection prospects will improve further if the tourists desist from picking a second spinner at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, the paper said.
Sydney, Jan 12 : Australia's miserable injury woes with fast bowlers continued after Mitchell Johnson was withdrawn from the one-day squad for the Sri Lanka series due to mild calf soreness.
Young South Australian quick Kane Richardson was on Saturday called up as cover for Sunday''s clash against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval, with Starc pulling up lame after the 107-run series opening win at the MCG on Friday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Johannesburg, Dec 29 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was the first person to walk into the change-room and make sure everything is fine with Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara after hurting him with a venomous bouncer on day three of the Boxing Day Test match, according to Michael Clarke The mercurial pace man was named man-of-the-match on Friday for his wrecking ball performance in Australia''s innings and 201-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sydney, Dec 27 : Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has claimed Australia's contentious rotation policy for fast bowlers has helped the team become stronger, and added that the players were getting accustomed to the sports-science selection process.
Johnson, who joined the 200-wicket club on Wednesday after taking 4-63 on his return to the Test fray following forced rested in Hobart, said there''s been talk with rotation systems and policies, but it''s good to be able to bowl as a group, News. com. au reports.
Sydney, Dec 26 : Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson claimed four crucial wickets as Sri Lanka was bowled out for a measly 156 on the first day of the second Test match in Melbourne before the hosts reached 3-150 at stumps.
Captain Michael Clarke is 20 not out and his deputy Shane Watson is unbeaten on 13, although both batsmen were dropped before they reached double figures, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In front of an appreciative crowd of 67,138 at the MCG, Johnson claimed 4-63 from 14 fiery overs and became the 14th Australian to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets, it added.
Sydney, Sep. 28 : Experienced Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been left out of the national T20 squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, while Victorian batsman David Hussey loses his spot in the one-day lineup.
Young fast bowlers Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson have won selection in both squads, while rising all-rounder Mitchell Marsh claimed a berth in the T20 lineup, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Melbourne, Dec 24 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is ready to forgo Indian Premier League (IPL) for the third year in a row.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Mitchell, who is the International Cricket Council's cricketer of the year, would have been one of the most sought-after names at the third IPL auction on Jan 19 had he decided to nominate.
But Johnson's manager Sam Halvorsen said that the fast bowler will put country before cash by ignoring the lure of a six-figure payday in the IPL.
Perth, Dec 17 : Sulieman Benn, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson face suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after having been involved in an on-field altercation on day two of the third Test between Australia and West Indies here Thursday.
The drama began when West Indies spinner Benn and Johnson collided as the Australian set off towards the keeper's end for a single and Benn tried to field the ball off Haddin.
Melbourne, Nov 27 : Leading Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s estranged mother has hit back at claims the cricketer has made peace with her, and said she should not be blamed for the Ashes loss.
The Western Australia bowler’s mother has been blamed for his poor performance at the Ashes, following stories in the media quoting her accusing Johnson of disappearing from her life since meeting and falling for glamorous fiancee Jessica Bratich just prior to the Ashes mid-year.
Vikki Harber said she has not spoken to her son since January, although she would love to reconcile with him, The Age reports.
Mumbai, Nov 10 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and all-rounder Shane Watson will fly back home ahead of the inconsequential seventh One-Day International against India here Wednesday to take adequate rest and get ready for the gruelling international schedule.
Andrew Hilditch, chief of Australia's national selection panel, said in a statement that after consulting the medical and coaching staff, Cricket Australia (CA) took the decision of sending the two players back home at the earliest.
Nagpur, Oct 26 The Australian cricket team has been hit hard with injuries as strike bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are doubtful for the second One-day international against India on Wednesday.
All-rounder James Hopes has already been ruled out of the match after he strained his hamstring during the first match in Vadodara Sunday. Mitchell Johnson also left the field for a while after twisting his ankle and Lee has a sore elbow.
Indian aggressive opener Gautam Gambhir has received the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award from the Indian legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in a glistering ceremony in Johannesburg on Thursday.
The awards were given on the basis of performance of the players between August 2008 and August 2009. Gambhir scored 1,269 runs including five centuries and four half-centuries at the impressive average of 84.60 in the eight test matches he played during these 12 months.
Speaking to the media, Gambhir said that it is just like a dream for him and he feels proud to be a part of Indian team and to contribute in the success of his team.
Johannesburg, Oct 2 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has been announced as the ICC Cricketer of the Year, was stunned with the feat that he has achieved, as he upstaged England captain Andrew Strauss and Indians Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to grab the award.
“I''m really blown away. I''m just surprised to be up here, to be honest,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Johnson, as saying.
London, Aug. 11 : With Australia handing out an innings and 80 run defeat to England to level the Ashes series one-all, a relaxed left arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson revealed Tuesday that his performance in the Leeds Test was a career-saving one.
Johnson said that he feared being dropped and candidly admitted that he had failed to cope with the increased on the field expectations and the tensions related to his mother and his girlfriend.
Birmingham (UK), Aug. 4 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has claimed that a more confrontational approach was responsible for a better performance in the just concluded third Test at Edgbaston.
While still below his best, Johnson said he felt he was now taking the game up to England instead of worrying about simply putting the ball into play.
"The whole team wanted to really stand up to these guys and show a bit more intent out there," Johnson said.
Warwickshire (UK), July 29 : Struggling Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is likely to play in the third Ashes Test that gets underway at the Edgbaston cricket ground here from Thursday.
Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke believes that Johnson is back to top form after the visitors won their match against Northamptonshire.
Clarke has also dismissed suggestions that being dropped could be a blessing in disguise for the wayward Johnson, who has struggled with line throughout the first two Tests.
Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen declined to admit that Mitchell Johnson had become a liability through the Ashes.
Commenting over the left-arm pace bowler, Nielsen said: "The last two years when we've played some pretty good Test match cricket and Mitchell has been at the forefront of that."
Nielsen said that he would neither confirm nor rule out Johnson for the Edgbaston Test, but did admit that both mental and mechanical factors were contributing to the bowler's decline.
Johnson is expected to play the third Test, after his slump in form in the opening two Tests of the Ashes series.
Melbourne, July 27 : Oz cricketer Mitchell Johnson has called for a truce with his mother, Vikki Harber, after she made scathing comments about his fiancee, Jessica Bratich.
Harber, 45, had earlier said that her close relationship with her son had deteriorated ever since he started going out with his karate champ girlfriend, and now he wants to put it all behind.
"The message I want to say is, hopefully things can work out and be resolved," the Daily Telegraph quoted Johnson as telling Woman's Day.
Melbourne, July 25 : The greatest left-arm pacer of all time, Wasim Akram, has offered to come to the aid of Mitchell Johnson, as the Australian paceman seeks to resurrect his Ashes campaign.
The Pakistani great, who is based in Manchester, has been watching Johnson's struggles, noting the mechanical problems that contributed to the 27-year-old's wayward spells in the second Test at Lord''s.
London, July 21 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is expected to be handed one last chance to keep his Test spot by impressing in Australia''s practice match at Northampton starting Friday.
The national set-up is running out of patience before next week''s third Ashes Test in Birmingham following the erratic left-armer''s disastrous efforts with the ball at Lord''s.