Mitchell Johnson

Johnson ready to take on Smith

Johnson ready to take on SmithDurban (South Africa), Apr. 2 : Australia''s pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has said that he is ready to take on South African skipper Graeme Smith in Friday''s opening one-day international to be played here.

Johnson was the player of the series in Australia''s 2-1 triumph in last month''s Test matches in South Africa and returned refreshed to training on Wednesday after being rested from last Sunday''s second Twenty20 international against the Proteas at Centurion.

Mitchell Johnson All Set To Become The Second Highest Paid Aussie Player

Mitchell Johnson All Set To Become The Second Highest Paid Aussie PlayerMitchell Johnson is one of the most talked about Australian cricketers these days. The in-form Aussie all-rounder is all set to become the second highest paid player in the 25-man contract list of Cricket Australia.

The Courier Mail, a leading Australian daily said, “Mitchell Johnson will be the big mover in Australia's new contract rankings and is closing in on the cherished mantle of the nation's highest-paid player.”

Oz pacer Johnson doesn't being called an all-rounder

Oz pacer Johnson doesn''t being called an all-rounderCape Town (South Africa), Mar. 23: When former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee famously said a decade ago that Mitchell Johnson had enormous potential as a Test cricketer, he could have meant as a batsman.

Captain Ricky Ponting certainly thinks the pace bowler can go a long way with the bat and wasn''t at all surprised to see the left-hander hit his maiden century of 123 not out in Australia''s defeat in the third Test in Cape Town on Sunday.

Johnson’s eyes glint at mention of Proteas openers

Johnson’s eyes glint at mention of Proteas openersCape Town (South Africa), Mar. 18: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson appears to be a man of few words, but mention South Africa’s new opening pair of Ashwell Prince and Imraan Khan, and there is a glint in his eyes.

Johnson's gal Bratich seeking to make a karate comeback

Johnson's gal Bratich seeking to make a karate comebackCape Town (South Africa), Mar. 18: Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s girlfriend Jessica Bratich is keen to make a bid for world karate titles again.

The 27-year-old gave up the sport when she left Perth to be with Johnson in Queensland, but the pair moved back to the West Coast last year and she is ready for another assault on the world titles, reports news. com. au.

Bratich was the first Australian woman to win a medal at the karate world titles in more than a decade with a bronze in

Oz pacer Johnson wants ''4-2'' Test win over South Africa

Oz pacer Johnson wants ''4-2'' Test win over South AfricaCape Town (South Africa), Mar. 17: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson says his side is keen on achieving a 4-2 score line against South Africa, and hopes to win the Cape Town Test that starts from Thursday.

"The way we performed in Sydney (to win the dead-rubber third Test) and then coming into this series we wanted to play really good cricket," Johnson said on Monday at the Newlands ground in Cape Town.

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.

Johnson was rested from Australia''s two Twenty20 wins and the first two matches of the one-day series, which is currently locked 1-1, after his mammoth workload in Tests in India and the home series against New Zealand and South Africa.

According to Fox Sports, the left-armer returned to the squad of 13, which has him in line to play in the next three matches in Sydney (Friday), Adelaide (Monday) and Perth
(January 30).

Johnson''s return resulted in Queensland''s Ryan Harris, who made his debut in Sunday''s win in Hobart, being released from the 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.

Lillee intent on Johnson realizing his potential

Perth, Dec. 12 : Former Australian pace great Dennis Lillee once described a teenage Mitchell Johnson as a "once in a generation" bowler, and now seems intent that his young protégé fulfills his ultimate prophecy.

Lillee met Johnson yesterday to discuss tactics for bowling at the WACA Ground, passing on advice and experience from 15 years of bowling on the pace-friendly surface.

"It''s good to have his advice. We just spoke about how things have been going for me at the moment and also just bowling at the WACA,"The Age quoted Johnson, as saying.

Johnson says mentor Lillee has inspired him to beat the Proteas

Perth, Dec. 12 : Australian quick Mitchell Johnson says that he is taking inspiration from his mentor Dennis Lillee to counter the visiting South African team both verbally and on the field.

Johnson, the fourth-leading Test wicket-taker in 2008 with 50 scalps, said Lillee has passed on advice for putting the heat on the South African batsmen in the first Test at the WACA next week.

Johnson has played only one Test at the WACA and is yet to make his first-class debut for WA after crossing over from Queensland.

Johnson warns South Africa of Aussie pace attack

Perth, Dec. 11 : Australian left-armer Mitchell Johnson has warned South Africa that the home side's pace attack will also be fast and dangerous on the bouncy WACA wicket in next week's first Test.

Johnson, who has been in brilliant form with 50 wickets in 2008 including 14 at 11 in the recent 2-0 whitewash of New Zealand, says the tourists shouldn't get too carried away with their own pace attack of Dale Steyn (60 wickets this year), Morne Morkel (37) and Makhaya Ntini (46).

"There has always been talk about the WACA wicket being back to its old self," The Age quoted Johnson, as saying.

Australia''s Johnson breaks into Reliance Mobile ICC Test bowlers top ten ranking

Mitchell JohnsonDubai, Dec. 2 : Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has broken into the top 10 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Test bowlers for the first time in his career following another good performance against New Zealand at Adelaide.

The 27-year-old left-armer took match figures of 5-85 as Australia registered a comfortable victory over the Black Caps and as a result he has gained another four places in the rankings. He now sits in eighth place, level with Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas.

It is a remarkable turn around for the Queenslander considering he was outside the top 30 as recently as last month.

Australia’s Johnson jumps 18 places in Test bowlers’ rankings

Dubai, Nov. 24 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has moved up 18 places in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers after a man-of-the-match performance in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.

The 27-year-old left-armer registered match figures of 9-69 in 25.3 overs – the best figures of his career to date – as Australia beat its trans-Tasman rival by 149 runs at the ’Gabba.

That effort means Johnson moves up to 12th position as he enjoys his highest rating yet, level with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.

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