Mitchell Johnson’s retirement from all forms of international cricket has made avid cricket fans extremely poignant and dejected. Johnson was one bowler, who gave his cent percent for his side, and was just a nightmare for the opposition.
In an era dominated mainly by the batsmen, Johnson had some brilliant numbers and stats to his credit. In 73 test matches, Johnson ended up with 313 wickets, at an impressive average of 28.4. But the most fascinating part about Johnson’s numbers was his strike rate. The left arm pacer struck once every 51.1 deliveries, an Australian record.
Johnson’s best performance of his career was undoubtedly against England, in the 2013/14 Ashes campaign. In that series, Johnson bowled as though as he was possessed, and became England’s worst nightmare. Johnson ended the 5 match series with 37 wickets, and it was solely due to his outstanding performances, which resulted in Australia whitewashing England 5-0.
In that series, Johnson simply changed the perception of fast bowling and made it look like a rare art. Johnson made brilliant use of short pitched bowling, and kept the English batsmen guessing with his chin music. It was without second thoughts, Johnson’s finest career performance.
Below, is the video of Johnson’s 7 wicket haul against England, in the Adelaide test of the 2013/14 Ashes.