Mitchell Johnson – Man of the hour
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: As the second Test between South Africa and Australia will kick start on Thursday, when both the teams lock horns at St George`s Park at Elizabeth, it would be interesting to see the strategy of South African batsmen against fearsome Mitchell Johnson.
The visitors are leading 1-0 in the three-match Test series as they thrashed the world number one side by 281 runs in a lopsided affair at Centurion. Major force behind Australia`s domination in the first Test was none other than their deadly fast bowler Mitchell Johnson. He played the role of protagonist in the first Test, where he scalped twelve wickets in both the innings from 33.1 overs.
South African batsmen struggled throughout the match while facing Johnson. In their first innings, the home side only managed to score 206 runs. And in the second, they were bundled out on mere 200 runs. With his deadly spells, Johnson not only hurt them physically, but mentally as well.
He was simply unplayable at Centurion, where he used his bouncers with good effect and injured few South Africans. In fact, Ryan McLaren will miss the Elizabeth Test, due to the nasty blow he got on his helmet by Johnson. According to PTI, South Africa team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said on Tuesday that McLaren had been experiencing headaches and nausea about 30 hours after being hit.
It would be a daunting task for the South African batsmen, in the rest two matches, to play the 32-year-old, who is certainly at the top of his game.