Mitchell Johnson, the Australian quick-bowling spearhead who introduced down the curtains on his worldwide profession after the Perth Check towards New Zealand, reminisced on his time on the highest degree and picked out AB de Villiers, the South African swashbuckler, as his hardest opponent.
Requested which batsman posed the most important problem, Johnson stated: “AB de Villiers, he is one excellent participant of our era. He was all the time so troublesome to get out and an enormous problem.”
Johnson, who has dismissed de Villiers 5 occasions in Check cricket, was within the type of his life after having despatched the English batsmen ducking for canopy within the Ashes 2013-14 collection, with devastating spells of bowling that fetched him 37 wickets. Only a month after tormenting his arch-nemesis, he was trying to rip into the South Africans. He displayed comparable ranges of tempo and brutality within the Centurion Check however the pacer recollects how the South African batsman hampered his rhythm by strolling out and enjoying his pure recreation.
“I keep in mind the sport at Centurion (in 2014) and I might obtained a number of fast wickets in that recreation and he got here out to bat and seemed so calm and composed and simply performed his pure recreation. It truly is troublesome when somebody does come out like that and also you’re on prime of your recreation. Nevertheless it actually is a superb problem and he is been the most effective gamers I’ve performed towards,” Johnson advised Inside Cricket on Thursday (November 19).
Johnson had dismissed de Villiers in both innings and picked up the person-of-the-match award for 12 scalps within the fixture, however the latter’s gutsy knocks – of ninety one and forty eight – within the two innings left an enduring impression on the Aussie pacer.