RSS feeds from

England in Australia 2010-11 news RSS

Johnson keen to kick on

Australia Follow Us

Watch session-by-session highlights of every Ashes Test on

Phil Hughes, Billy Doctrove, Mitchell Johnson & Chris Tremlett

A rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson bowled Graeme Swann via an inside edge this morning to pick up his ninth wicket of the match

Mitchell Johnson is determined to build on his man-of-the-match performance in the third Ashes Test at the WACA.

The left-arm paceman returned outstanding match figures of 9-82 - and also contributed a valuable half-century with the bat - as Austrlia levelled the series with an emphatic 267-run victory.

Chasing a daunting target of 391, England were dismissed for 123 on the fourth morning, with Ryan Harris claiming 6-47 and Johnson backing up his six-wicket first-innings haul with a further three scalps.

The 29-year-old had been unceremoniously dropped for the second Test in Adelaide following a dimsal showing in the series opener at the Gabba, in which he failed to take a wicket or score a run.

But after returning to form in stunning fashion in Perth, Johnson is now eager to make a similar impact in the final two Tests.

“It was nice to get out there and get some runs and wickets,” he said.

“I think it’s now a case of keeping the key points in my head that I kept through this game, just keep doing it and doing it and being consistent with it. That’s something I’ll continue to work on in the nets and hopefully it can work for me over the next couple of games.

“As a bowling unit I’m very proud of what we have done and hopefully we can continue that.”

Johnson swung the match in Australia’s favour with a devastating spell of bowling on the second morning.

Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris also picked up nine wickets in the match, although the 31-year-old later claimed: "I didn't feel 100% out there"

He claimed 4-7 in five overs as England slipped from 78 without loss to 98 for five and the tourists were unable to recover thereafter.

“It was probably after the second over (of that spell) that I started to feel really good,” Johnson added. “I had my momentum going through the crease and it was probably the best I’ve bowled at the left-handers throughout the series.

"I bowled a better, consistent line just outside off-stump, it probably clicked going into the third over and I felt like I could bowl all day. When you get into that zone, it feels good.”

Although buoyed by his side’s victory, Johnson refused to get carried away ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“Anything can happen, it’s just one Test match and we’ve still got a long way to go,” he said.

“We want to win (the series), but we’ve still got Melbourne and Sydney to go so we’ve got to play well again.”

Harris, meanwhile, believes he has plenty of room for improvement despite finishing the match with figures of 9-106.

“I didn’t feel 100% out there and it’s good to feel that way and still get wickets,” he said.

“I didn’t quite have the rhythm that I had in Adelaide, my pace was a bit down, but the positive was I was swinging it more here than I was in Adelaide, so you probably have to give up a bit of pace to get it to swing I guess.

“I’ll work on things in Melbourne and get back to the pace I want to bowl - but it was a good performance.

“We’re very happy as a team to level the series. We needed some confidence and we’ve got some.

“We just wanted to put in a good performance after being humiliated in Adelaide. We wanted to come out and play well and I think we’ve done that.”

Register for daily Ashes emails with match highlights, Swanny's video diary and exclusive updates throughout the Ashes!

Follow on Facebook


Become a member of the official fan community of England cricket on Facebook right now - and get your opinions heard!

Get our free apps

Apps Promo

Download the ECB Cricket app for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Nokia phones and get live scores, news, video and other services on the move