Ashes: Michael Clarke - Mitchell Johnson's performance was 'fantastic'

Last Updated: 24/11/13 6:28pm

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Australian captain Michael Clarke is happy with the start but believes England will come back fighting.

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Australia captain Michael Clarke singled out Mitchell Johnson for special praise after his side won the Ashes opener at The Gabba by 381 runs.

Left-arm paceman Johnson, recalled after missing the 3-0 defeat in England earlier this year, finished with nine wickets in the match - and also chipped in with an important 64 with the bat on day one.

Clarke was delighted to oversee Australia's first win in 10 Tests but is not getting ahead of himself with four matches still to come in the series.

"There were some fantastic individual performances, none better than Mitchell Johnson," said Clarke.

"I really hope this is the start of what lies ahead for the rest of the summer.

"It's been a good start, but it's only one Test match. I'm sure England will come back bigger and stronger. We've got a lot of work to do to accomplish what we want to accomplish in this series.

"England are a very good team and they've shown that over a long period of time."


Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris - who backed up his new-ball partner Johnson with five wickets in the match - felt Australia were rewarded for their planning and aggressive mindset.

"We just wanted to come in, start (well) and stamp our authority," Harris told Sky Sports.

"Playing at a ground we haven't lost at for a long time, we did that I think.

"Next, we're going to a ground (Adelaide) that is more suited to the English but we'll celebrate this one and make sure we're ready for the next one.

"We are playing a very aggressive brand of cricket and trying to entertain.

"That's the way that 'Boof' (coach Darren Lehmann) want us to play and it looks good when it comes off - although sometimes it won't."

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