Australian quick Mitchell Johnson is one of the quickest bowlers in world cricket right now and today the Aussie pacer turns 34.
Johnson made his debut for Australia in ODIs vs New Zealand but was unable to leave a mark as he was spanked for 64 runs in 9 overs. In his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2007 Mitch made inroads into the Lankan batting and complimented Brett Lee rather nicely as the two pacers led Australia to a an innings win at Brisbane. He made his T20 debut against Zimbabwe at the T20 world cup in 2007 but that match turned out to be a famous one as Zimbabwe toppled the Australian giants.
Perhaps the defining moment of Johnson’s career was the Ashes series at home versus England in the 2013-14 season where he absolutely thwarted the English plans as he took 37 wickets at a fantastic average of 13.97. His bowling spells helped Australia whitewash their old foes and regained the prestigious Urn.
He has 306 wickets in test and 239 scalps in ODIs and not to forget his 38 wickets in T20 matches for Australia. He is 5th on the list of most wickets in test matches for Australia and in ODIs he is ranked 4th. These stats are a glaring sign of his services for Australia.
He along with Mitchell Starc bowled exceedingly well in the world cup to help Australia win another world cup and that too at their home turf. Johnson took 15 wickets at an average of 21.
Johnson is more than useful batsman lower down the order and has some really quality innings under his belt. His quick fire 123 off 103 balls against South Africa at Newlands was a treat to watch. He scored 73 runs off 47 balls via 8 fours and 3 sixes helped Australia to put up a match winning total of 275 runs because at one stage they were 171-7.
Mitchell Johnson will be looking to guide Australia to more victories through his all round capabilities and his next assignment will be against the growing force in world cricket that is the Blackcaps.