Pace bowler Johnson enhances all-rounder status with ton against VictoriaBy ANI
Thursday, November 18, 2010
MELBOURNE - Test fast bowler Mitchell Johnson enhanced his claim to genuine all-rounder status when he scored his maiden Sheffield Shield century at the MCG today.
After a two-and-a-half hour rain delay that reduced the first session to a mere three overs, Johnson reached his century shortly after play resume in the post lunch session as Western Australia progressed to 9-358 in its first innings before a second rain interruption sent the players from the field.
According to the Herald Sun, Johnson was unbeaten on 113 of 134 balls. He sped to this ton in just 119 deliveries, with 16 fours and a six.
But his more recognised batting partner Adam Voges missed out when he was clean bowled for 95 by Bushrangers all-rounder John Hastings, ending a thumping 138-run seventh wicket stand with Johnson that took just over two hours of actual play.
Meanwhile, the Test future of Mike Hussey is hanging in the balance after the veteran left-hander was dismissed for a duck on the opening day. Hussey faced 18 balls before he fell, caught at second slip by his own brother and opposing captain David of the bowling of Andrew McDonald.
Fellow Australia middle order batsman and Western Australia skipper Marcus North was also dismissed cheaply for 17. (ANI)