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Mitchell Johnson

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Full Name: Mitchell Guy Johnson
Born: November 2 1981 , Townsville, Queensland
County: Australia, Queensland
Test debut: Australia v Sri Lanka, Brisbane, November 8-12 2007
ODI debut: New Zealand v Australia, Christchurch, December 10 2005
T20 debut: Australia v Zimbabwe, Cape Town, September 12 2007
Batting Style: Left-hand bat
Bowling Style: Left-arm fast-medium


Johnson's signing for Essex may have been greeted with cries of 'Mitchell who?', but his name has long since been known in cricketing circles in his native Australia.Injury ruled him out of his 2006 stint with Essex but in May he was given a full Cricket Australia contract only two years after driving a delivery truck and considering giving up the game because of his fourth back stress injury. Referred to by Test legend Dennis Lillee as a "once-in-a-generation bowler", there have been high hopes for the tall, left-armer since he was spotted at a Pace Australia camp as a callow 17-year-old.F...

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