Friday, November 29, 2013

Mitch: The Fear Factor for the Poms

After winning the first commonwealth bank ashes test at Gabba, player of the match Mitchell Johnson said that the firing of bouncers will continue during the whole ashes series. Mitch warned that there will be no respite from the bombardment of the bouncers inflicted on England at Gabba.

Mitchell Johnson, who missed the Ashes selection earlier in this year, has made a sensational comeback into the Test side. His all-round performance during Gabba test played a key role in the 381 run victory at Gabba, which came after 9 test matches for Australia. The pacer kept the pressure on all the time on the Barmy Army with his speedy bouncers and short balls during both the innings. He picked up 9 wickets in the test (4-46 in the first inning, 5-42 in second inning) which caused England to collapse tamely. Almost all English batsmen found it difficult to handle Mitchell’s pace and bounce. He also contributed with bat 74 runs in the 1st innings and 39* in the second innings and his all-round contribution gave Australia a much needed win. Aussies also continued their record of being unbeaten at Gabba since last 25 years.
“I think it worked for us. I definitely think there are rattled by it. So, that’s  not going to change from our end.” Mitch Johnson to reporters. With his words it is clear that English batsmen will dance to his chin music in the upcoming matches as well.
“There is lots of work to do for English team ahead of facing Mitchell in the next Commonwealth bank ashes test at Adelaide”, admitted Andy Flower the Coach of England team.  
After picking up 9 wickets in the First Ashes Test, Mitch jumped up by 4 spots in the Reliance ICC test Bowlers Rankings and currently holds the 19th spot.
Mitch said, “At the Gabba, it’s true bounce where as in Adelaide there’s up and down, so it makes it a lot more difficult to play a short ball and obviously reverse swing into it as well”. He is excited to perform even better in the next matches.
So, all eyes will be set on the next Ashes encounter in Adelaide starting on 5th Dec to see how the English batsmen face Johnson’s fast and furious bowling.
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