We don’t often indulge in mindless one-sided bashing of anyone, but… well… Mitchell Johnson. The resurfacing of the Barmy Army’s most favourite target of ridicule last week has been accompanied by a quite wonderful Sydney Morning Herald article today, which seems under the impression that the Great Inaccurate One is somehow magically going to become a good bowler because he’s getting verbally abused by the crowd. This comes after seven years in international cricket (which let’s not forget, began with a supersub – remember those? – debut in which his 9 overs got pasted for 64 by New Zealand), during which he has shown only the most occasional glimpses of bowling skill. The fact is, the Barmy Army (and Alastair Cook’s endless innings) has got in his head – these humble bloggers think that he hasn’t got the mental fortitude to have any future impact in international cricket.

Therefore, HEAR YE, HEAR YE:

Henceforth on this blog Mitchell Johnson shall only be referred to as the ‘mentally fragile’ Mitchell Johnson.

If you needed any further proof (and if you can ignore the inanity of the person who uploaded it), just watch some of the deliveries below:

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  1. Test batting average of 21 and highest score of 123 not out. One hundred and ninety test wickets with a best of 8 for 61. I wish I was that bad. Might you be over-stating things a little?

  2. In all seriousness, while we’re throwing numbers around, the batting record is basically irrelevant because Australia have never selected him on the basis of his batting.

    As far as his bowling is concerned, at one stage, he was kind of ok. But in his last 10 Tests he’s taken 27 wickets @ 47.00, and in his last 5, 9 wickets @63.11. We’d quite like Australia to keep picking him.;template=results;type=bowling;view=reverse_cumulative

    Also, if you’re looking for balanced, fair opinion, you’re in the wrong place…

  3. Blogger Zed

     /  July 12, 2012

    No. Balance seems pretty much unavailable anywhere these days. And I quite enjoy your Ponting series.

    I can’t help recalling the many days watching home test matches where the commentators pointed out that the visitors were bowling a more profitable length than our bowlers. And there’s the on-off performances of Steve Harmison. We can laugh now, but how about going back a few years.

    Didn’t Bicknell and Ilott open the bowling for England once against Pakistan. Each of them (if it was them) bowled an opening over which the batsmen could not touch. The ball was swinging all over the place. They then speeded up for subsequent overs and the ball stopped swinging. I was screaming at the television, imploring them to slow down, but they didn’t and were taken to the cleaners.

    Experiences like that led to my giving up on cricket. Call me a fair weather supporter, but I’m only back now because we have some players who care about bowling and try to do it well. And if our footballers ever realise that it is a good idea to pass to players on the same team, I’ll try watching that game in winter.


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