Mitchell Johnson was an impactful bowler – Craig McDermott
Australia’s bowling coach and former legend Craig McDermott has showered praises for Mitchell Johnson’s contribution to Australian cricket. McDermott said that Johnson had great physical and mental strength, which were the key components to the success achieved by him. McDermott also added that Johnson was a very impactful bowler, who had the ability to “shock” a batsman.
“He was an impact bowler. We used him in short bursts as a shock weapon. He usually came out firing on all cylinders, got the breakthroughs before being withdrawn from the attack in order to keep him fresh. All his captains -Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith -agreed that this role suited Johnson best and were happy with the impact he usually made,” said McDermott.
McDermott said that Johnson’s athletic body was also vital to his success. “His strong frame allowed him to generate great pace. Batsmen found his unique slinging action hard to pick. He made plenty of useful runs for Australia down the order and was a superb fielder in the deep. He will remain a role model for kids wishing to take up his profession,” McDermott said.
“Apart from pace and swing, Johnson also had two other attributes sorely needed to be a fast bowler -mental strength and a big heart. He used his strong left shoulder to hit the deck hard and make the ball climb towards batsman’s throats. He could also pitch it up and swing the ball at good pace,” said McDermott.
“Johnson always had a great wrist position and release which allowed him to swing the ball prodigiously , especially into left-handers. As he cranked up the pace and became an out-and-out fast bowler, he relied more on short-pitched deliveries to get wickets. He was, however, not averse to occasionally pitching the ball up, especially when it was new, in order to reap the benefits of swing,” McDermott concluded.
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