Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mitch Is Back With a Bang !!!

A much needed series win for the Aussies on Monday brought respite to both the team and their fans. After winning the Natwest one day series 2-1, the Australian team jumped to 2nd position in the ICC ODI Rankings. This ODI series was the “battle for Pride” for Australian Skipper Michael Clarke and his team, after the painful Ashes defeat. Mitchell Johnson, 31 years left handed pacer has made remarkable impact with his bowling in this series.

Johnson, who missed ashes selection earlier in this year, played a key role in Australia’s victory in this series. He took 2 wickets in his 10 Overs for 21 runs in the final ODI game, which included his 200th ODI wicket. With his remarkable efforts, Mitchell became 5th Australian bowler to reach 200 ODI wickets after Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Craig McDermott and Brett Lee.

Mitchell Johnson was extremely economical, going for just 4.08 runs per over and took 5 wickets in the series. His bowling speed has improved with time and he is getting faster and faster. During this series he bowled many deliveries with the speed greater than 93 MPH, which were really difficult to face for the English Batsmen.

His improved bowling form impressed many. “@MitchJohnson398 is bowling incredibly well. He has to play in the Ashes!!" tweeted by Glenn McGrath after the final ODI.

He is improving with his line, length and pace constantly. Mitchell Johnson has also entered into top 10 in the ICC ODI Bowlers ranking, currently securing the 8th place. 

Johnson’s current form is a good sign for the selectors and fans, right before the 7-match series vs India, specially with young pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins set to miss the upcoming ashes series due to injuries. Johnson, who is currently most experienced choice as a test bowler for selectors, has taken 205 wickets in 51 tests.  

“If Johnson continues to impress in upcoming series vs India, he could find himself front and center for opening Ashes test in Brisbane on 21st of Nov.” said Darren Lehman, coach of Australian cricket team. 

All eyes are now set on how Mitchell performs in India and can he continue his rocking form in ODI cricket? 
Hopefully we will see him back into the test squad for the home ashes series.

All The Best Mitchell!!!!!
                                                                                              Ankita Deshapnde For DieHard Cricket Fans

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