Clarke: Mitchell is right up there with the greats

Jan 06, 2014, 01:03 IST |

Victorious skipper Michael Clarke rated Mitchell Johnson among the fast bowling greats after spearheading Australia to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England in Sydney yesterday.

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

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.

It figures...

Number of wickets Aussie left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson claimed in the series. His average was 13.97.

Six for 9
At one stage in their first innings of the Brisbane Test, England lost six wickets for nine runs and ended up being bowled out for 136.

Number of runs wicketkeeper Brad Haddin scored in the five-match series for an average
of 61.62

Number of times, the star-studded England team passed 200 in 10 innings.

The number Australian centuries in the series. In comparison, England had just one to show - from all-rounder Ben Stokes, who scored a ton at Perth

The number of runs Australia's George Bailey scored in the series. While the rest of the Australian batting machinery worked smoothly, Bailey, the limited overs skipper, was a disappointment.

The date on which Australia beat England 5-0 in the 2013-14 Ashes. However, on the same date in 2007, Australia won by a similar margin.

The amount of runs skipper Michael Clarke scored in the series. He posted two tons.

Mitchell Johnson’s highest score in the series.

21 days
Australia’s five-nil whitewash over England is the sixth quickest in terms of total duration of playing days in the series. The record setters were the Aussies who beat SA in 19 days in 1931-32 and the 1959 Englishmen who beat India 5-0.

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