Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Johnson Blasts His Way into History Books

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Johnson Blasts His Way into History Books

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CRICKET: Australia's Mitchell Johnson was shocked after producing one of the greatest spells in cricket history, taking 5-2 in 21 balls to reduce South Africa to 8-243 on day two of the first Test.

Johnson has career-best figures of 7-42 from 18 overs, his second five-wicket haul in his 16th Test, to put Australia in a strong position after the home side were bowled out for 375 on Thursday at the WACA Ground.

South Africa had been cruising at 3-234 late in the day's play before losing 5-7.

Left-armer Johnson landed five hammer blows in 33 minutes.

AB De Villiers (63), Jacques Kallis (63) and debutant JP Duminy (1) were all caught behind and Morne Morkel (1) and spinner Paul Harris (0) were both caught by Jason Krejza.

"I'm in a bit of shock, to be quite honest."

"The reception was pretty great, just to hear the crowd as you walk back to fine leg. It was a great feeling."

"At one stage I was still called a Queenslander until late on this arvo," added Johnson, who has switched state teams to WA for this summer to be with his Perth-based girlfriend Jessica Bratich. …

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