The lethal left-arm paceman captured three for 40 as England surrendered to a 281-run defeat in the final Test to finish with 37 wickets for the series at 13.97.

Mitchell Johnson
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Johnson edged wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as the man of the series, and he set the tone for Australia’s domination with man-of-the-match honours in three of the five Tests.

Clarke said 32-year-old Johnson’s sustained aggressive bowling throughout the series was an amazing achievement. “I hate to say I told you all so but I told you all so,” Clarke chided reporters at his post-match conference.

“Man of the series, who would have thought? Except me and perhaps Mitch. He’s been an amazing bowler for a long time. I think the way he’s come back into this team... he’s bowled with great aggression.

“To be able to bowl at that pace is one thing, to do it for five Test matches, every single innings to be able to back it up is an amazing achievement.

“Mitchell bowled a couple of spells in this series that are without doubt as good a spells as I’ve seen in my career,” the skipper said. 

“And I’ve been lucky enough to play with McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Warne. Mitch’s spells certainly match the greats, if not better,” Clarke said.