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Ashes 2013-14: A pumped up Mitchell Johnson leaves England in a real hole in the opening Test

Highlights of the second day of the first Test between Australia and England from Brisbane. For extended highlights sign in to Sky Go.

Mitchell Johnson: The left-arm paceman decimated England on day two, taking 4-61

When Mitchell Johnson's first three overs cost 15 runs, and the Barmy Army started singing their favourite song in response, it seemed the Gabba could once again prove to be an Ashes graveyard for the left-arm paceman.

On England's last tour Down Under the 32-year-old conceded 170 runs at the venue without taking a wicket, made a duck in his only innings with the bat and even dropped a catch in the field. His performance, or non-performance as it turned out, saw him dropped for Adelaide.

"When you have Mitchell Johnson bowling that fast, around 90mph plus, and he gets it right, no one looked comfortable. Trott getting out was a huge moment, that triggered the collapse."

Shane Warne

There is little chance of history repeating itself in 2013, though. Johnson overcame his below-par start on Friday to take 4-61, bowling with great hostility to play the lead role on a dramatic second day to the series.

Brisbane has been a happy hunting ground for him in previous years except for that Ashes blip, and his fortunes turned around when he was recalled to the attack just before lunch.

Able to sneak in one final over, Johnson won the bumper battle with Jonathan Trott when he had England's no 3 caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Not for the first time Trott had been strangled by a short one, meaning it is becoming less about bad luck and more to do with technique.

If that breakthrough could have been seen as a little fortunate then there was nothing fluky about the dismissal of Michael Carberry.


Having dealt comfortably enough with everything that was thrown at him in the morning session, Carberry - back opening for England after a solitary previous Test in 2010 - immediately got in trouble when captain Michael Clarke instructed his quickie to change the angle of attack.

The first ball from round the wicket was nearly gloved to short leg, the second saw a swing and a miss attempting to hook and then the next was fended straight to Shane Watson at a wide first slip position.

The wicket came during an astonishing period of play that saw England lose 6-9, going from the relative comfort of 82-2 to a position where they looked in genuine danger of being asked to bat again on a surface deemed to be the second flattest in world cricket.

Johnson sent back Joe Root and Graeme Swann, who was another to receive a working over during his brief stay at the crease, as he didn't so much as wrestle control of the match from the tourists as knock them out and swipe it from them.

He may sometimes bowl to the left, he may sometimes bowl to the right, but Mitchell Johnson definitely seems up for the fight.