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Mitchell Johnson buoyed by performance in Zimbabwe triangular series

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Mitchell Johnson © Getty Images (File Photo)

Sydney: Sep 5, 2014

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is continuing his fearsome reputation ahead of the next Ashes series after breaking a South African batsman’s arm during the ongoing one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe.

Johnson, 32, who destroyed England in Australia’s 5-0 Ashes sweep at home last southern summer, left all-rounder Ryan McLaren with a hairline fracture in his right forearm on Tuesday. Johnson’s lifting delivery in Australia’s One-Day International (ODI) victory in Harare, struck the left-hander squarely on the arm but, astonishingly, McLaren didn’t even flinch.

“Ryan was taken for X-rays after complaining of severe pain following a blow to his right forearm,” South African team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosaje said. He further added,  “The scans revealed a hairline fracture to the bone in the right forearm, which rules him out of action for the next three weeks.”

It was the second time in six months that a Johnson bowl has resulted in McLaren having to see medics. In February’s first Test against the Australians at Centurion, McLaren felt Johnson’s wrath when he received a menacing blow to the side of his helmet.

The delivery left McLaren bleeding from the ear and the 31-year-old was admitted to hospital the next day and played no further part in the series. Left-armer Johnson was one of the stars during the Ashes sweep, with 37 wickets at 13.97, but he was also the subject of a sledging controversy over a “broken arm” threat.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined after being caught on the stump microphone telling England’s James Anderson to “get ready for a broken f****** arm” when Johnson was charging into bowl. During Tuesday’s ODI against South Africa, Johnson again displayed his fearsome bowling when he blasted two stumps out of the ground with David Miller at the crease.

His performances against South Africa and Zimbabwe in the tri-series have given him confidence going into next month’s tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, where the pitches are soft. “It makes you feel good about yourself and gives you that confidence,” Johnson said. He added, “I probably haven’t performed at my best on the slower wickets. And I’ve challenged myself. It was on my mind for this tournament. It’s good preparation to get these wickets here and keep improving as a player.”

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