Ashes 2015: England yet to overcome fear of facing Mitchell Johnson

While his brutal pace bowling in the previous Ashes series was a treat to watch for cricket fans across the world, it was nothing less than a nightmare for Alastair Cook and his boys, who suffered several blows from Mitchell Johnson during their 5-0 annihilation in the previous series.

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015, 20:01 PM IST
Ashes 2015: England yet to overcome fear of facing Mitchell Johnson

New Delhi: While his brutal pace bowling in the previous Ashes series was a treat to watch for cricket fans across the world, it was nothing less than a nightmare for Alastair Cook and his boys, who suffered several blows from Mitchell Johnson during their 5-0 annihilation in the previous series.

Johnson, who started the previous series with a moustache which he grew as part of raising money for men's health charity Movember, deciding to keep it for the rest of the series as it worked for him in his bid to scare the English batsmen.

Even though England have tried their best to negate Johnson's pace in the ongoing series, the way they have played him, has showed that they are still extremely vulnerable when it comes to facing the 33-year-old.

Johnson however failed to weave his magic in the first Test, where he went wicketless in the first innings and conceded 111 runs. Even though he picked two wickets in the second innings, England had succeeded in depriving him from taking plenty.

But Johnson found his rhythm in the Lord's Test, where he scalped three wickets apiece in both the innings. While his pace has been reduced as a result of dead pitches provided by the hosts, that hasn't dampened his spirit of terrorising batsmen with sheer pace.

Johnson now also has a great company in Mitchell Starc, another speedster who has become a world class bowler in the last one year.

While the ageing seamer is a serious threat for any batsman, English batsmen would still want to play Johnson with extreme caution after what he did to them in the previous series.

The series is now leveled at 1-1, and English batsmen will have to play some positive cricket to make a comeback.