Mitchell Johnson retirement spells end of a hostile fast bowling era

Mitchell Johnson was a rare commodity in modern day cricket who scared batsmen with his wide range of attributes.

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015, 19:21 PM IST
Mitchell Johnson retirement spells end of a hostile fast bowling era

New Delhi: Australia's one of the finest and ferocious pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, bid adieu to cricket on Tuesday. With his goodbye to the sport, an aspect of hostile bowling era in modern day cricket has ended.

Mitchell Johnson was a rare commodity in modern day cricket who scared batsmen with his wide range of attributes. Given his height, pace and ability to hit the deck hard, Johnson accounted for some of the most deadly bowling spells in world cricket. Johnson was a revelation on fast and bouncy Australian tracks and made a mark in South Africa too.

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His 37 wickets against England in the 5-0 Ashes win in 2013-14, was the one of the most deadly spells that had a blend of hostility that terrorised batsmen. Johnson's different angle saw him use accurate bouncers that were unplayable as batsmen faltered.

Johnson's impact on the game can be likened to some of the fiercest pace bowlers in the 80's from West Indies and Australia. Johnson had created an own space of himself in bowling lethal deliveries and consistently bagging wickets.

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Moreover his knack of bowling fast in-swingers were a treat to the eyes that often had batsmen left wondering against the left-arm pacer.

The likes of former fastest bowlers in modern cricket such as Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar and Shaun Tait, had more pace, but Johnson's added feature of bowling the perfect short balls made him fiercer.

Johnson played 73 Test matches for Australia and picked up 313 wickets.