Afterwards Mitchell Johnson sat quietly alongside a grateful skipper. Ricky Ponting‘s gratitude would not extend to giving his fast bowler an ashtray. Unlike Harold Larwood, Johnson has not won the Ashes for his captain, at least not yet. Nor, I suspect, does Johnson smoke. But his intervention in Perth means that the Ashes series is not just smouldering; it is ablaze. Boxing Day in Melbourne could be quite an occasion.
Johnson did not say much. His captain did the talking. “Mitch’s spell was unbelievable; it was one of the all-time great Ashes spells; amazing for him, brilliant for the team.” On Ponting went. “It has transformed him. It has transformed how you [the assembled press] talk about him and how they talk about him in the England dressing room. This will have them thinking seriously about how to play him throughout the rest of the series”.
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