Mitchell Johnson

Johnson, Hughes move up in ICC Test rankings

Johnson, Hughes move up in ICC Test rankingsMelbourne, Mar 12 : Australia's two most exciting prospects for Ashes 2009 series, Mitchell Johnson and Phillip Hughes, have made big impressions in the latest ICC player rankings.

Johnson, the new pace spearhead in the absence of injured duo Stuart Clark and Brett Lee, has climbed to the second spot in the bowling rankings alongside South African rival Dale Steyn on 811 points.

Oz selectors should see Mitch Johnson as an all rounder

Mitchell JohnsonSydney, Mar. 1 : Mitchell Johnson's fighting innings of 96 runs in the first Test against the Proteas at the Wanderers has once again proved that the left hander is more than a regular number eight batsman.

Johnson averages 31 with the bat and 28 with the ball in the longer version of the game, and his present form with the willow ensures that he is capable enough of putting the innings together in case of a higher or middle order collapse.

Even though Johnson has shown promise at number eight, the Australian selectors continue to pick an unbalanced side, The Sydney Morning Herald said.

Johnson''s workload to ease on Oz tour of South Africa

Johnson''s workload to ease on Oz tour of South AfricaMelbourne, Feb. 15 : Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen has said that he plans to reduce the workload of fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the tour of South Africa, which gets underway from Monday.

The vastly improved Johnson has emerged as Australia''s beacon of hope, ripping through the Proteas to take 17 wickets in three Tests at 25.88. But the Queenslander''s rise to Australia''s top-dog quick has coincided with a gruelling workload.

Mitchell Johnson likely winner of Allan Border medal

Mitchell Johnson likely winner of Allan Border medalMelbourne, Feb. 3 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is likely to be the top choice for this year's Allan Border Medal.

According to Fox Sports and the Courier-Mail, Johnson may get the nod ahead of skipper Ricky Ponting, batsman Mike Hussey and vice-captain Michael Clarke for the medal.

Despite a slow start to the Test season in the West Indies last year - and picking up relatively few votes in one-day matches - Johnson''s incredible performances in Tests this summer have propelled him into the top spot.

Johnson recalled to Oz squad for final ODIs

Melbourne, Jan. 19 : Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is likely to play in the remaining three one-day matches against South Africa after being recalled to the Australian squad.

Mitchell Johnson jumps into ICC top five

Mitchell Johnson jumps into ICC top fiveMelbourne, Dec 25: Australia's rising fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has broken into the top five of the ICC bowling rankings for the first time after his 11-wicket haul against South Africa at the WACA last week.

Johnson climbed two places to fifth to leapfrog Australia teammate Brett Lee who slipped back to seventh spot, The Australian reported.

Despite being sidelined for the South Africa Test series, Stuart Clark remains the highest-ranked Australian bowler in fourth place, behind Proteas pair Dale Steyn and Makahya Ntini who are second and third respectively.