Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Moment Legend Was Born

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Moment Legend Was Born

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GOOD, BAD & UGLY

THE GOOD: The retired Mitchell Johnson will rightly go down as one of the greats of Australian cricket.

He made the handlebar moustache look cool again, and of course, also claimed 313 Test scalps -- the fourth most of any Aussie -- from 73 matches. DK Lillee had him pegged as a once-in-a-generation bowler when he saw him at a clinic as a 17-year-old from Townsville, but he almost didn't fulfil that destiny. Let's not forget he looked spent as a Test cricketer in 2013. He was dropped from the national team due to the homework scandal in India, and then left out of the squad entirely for the Ashes in England. But he came back bigger and better than ever for the return series in Australia when he took nine wickets at the Gabba and finished with 37 in the five games, sending down 150kmh thunderbolts.

THE BAD: When will the Australian selectors realise that two wrongs (being the Marsh brothers) don't make a right. While Mitch Marsh is only just keeping his head above water in the Test all-rounder spot, Shaun will be hoping it's a case of seventh time lucky when he returns to the side for the Adelaide Test. Seven being the number of times he has been brought into the side -- this time to replace the injured Usman Khawaja. Marsh, now 32, averages just 33 at Test level, and has posted single-figure scores in 11 of his 27 innings, including seven ducks, and has had knocks of 15, 1, 2, 92 and 64 in Sheffield Shield cricket this season.

THE UGLY: Retired Australian skipper Michael Clarke isn't about to go gently into that good night. Having never been Mr Popular, the 34-year-old who has become a father for the first time, has unleashed in his book, Ashes Diary 2015. Clarke hit back at criticism of his leadership, and in the firing line were Andrew Symonds and John Buchanan. Of Symonds he wrote "This is a guy who turned up drunk to play for his country. It's pretty rich for him to be throwing rocks." Of Buchanan there was this: "I don't think John knows a thing about the baggy green, having never worn one. …

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