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Australia’s hot-headed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has resorted to good old- fashioned Ashes sledging in an attempt to drag his side back into the series. Johnson is not just Australia’s tattooed man, he has also upped his reputation as England’s marked man after launching another volley of abuse against the fast bowler Jimmy Anderson and captain Andrew Strauss on the opening day of this Test.
As Ashes confrontations go, it was exceedingly tame stuff, but it will have gone some way to satisfying the former Australia fast bowler Rodney Hogg, who called ahead of the Waca Test for a barrage of bouncers and for Australia to sledge England “at every opportunity”.
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Simon Katich joined an exclusive list of Australian batsmen run out without facing a ball when he was left high and dry by Shane Watson four balls into the game. Watson survived an lbw appeal but took off for a risky single without consulting Katich and Jonathan Trott’s superb direct hit from square leg left Katich a couple of metres short. He was so angry at his dismissal that almost two hours later he was still stewing as he sat on his own below the dressing room. Scorers recording balls-faced is a relatively modern measurement, but in the past 40 years only two other Australians have had so little to do before being dismissed. The opener Wayne Phillips lasted four minutes at Port of Spain in 1983-84 while Rodney Hogg was caught short at Edgbaston in 1981.
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