Australia Cricket: Clarke heaps praise on Johnson

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Australia captain Michael Clarke was quick to praise the performance of Mitchell Johnson after his magnificent display helped his side to a 381-run victory over England.

The Aussies outclassed Alastair Cook’s side at the Gabba with Johnson showing the selectors what they missed when they left him out of the summer series. Johnson took nine wickets as he bamboozled the England attack, while also scoring well with the bat – managing 64 on day one.

The paceman got the better of Jonathan Trott on two occasions, with the England No.3 struggling with the bouncing ball. The tourists’ middle order was weak throughout the match, and Cook will be hoping the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow can find their form ahead of the next Test.

Clarke has pleased to oversee his side win their first Test in ten attempts but he is keen to not get too far ahead of himself.

He said: “There were some fantastic individual performances, none better than Mitchell Johnson. 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.”

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