Johnson the destroyer as tourists skittled
MITCHELL Johnson sent a shudder through the ranks of the England XI in the First Test at Brisbane a fortnight ago, but yesterday in Adelaide he had them absolutely reeling.
The 32-year-old, who on Friday claimed the key wicket of Alastair Cook with a searing 152kmh delivery that knocked over the England skipper's off stump, took six more scalps on day three to finish with figures of 7-40.
His display, which included two attempts at a hat-trick, helped restrict England to just 172, leaving the visitors 398 runs adrift of Australia's opening innings of 9(dec)-570.
Rather than enforce the follow-on, Australia went back out to bat and was 3-132 at stumps, giving it a lead of 530 runs.
The match is within the side's grasp, as are the Ashes.
England would have held some hope when it resumed on 1-35, but Joe Root, elevated to first drop, was dismissed for 15 when a top-edged sweep off Nathan Lyon (1-64) was collected by Chris Rogers, who took a running catch after making good ground.
Kevin Pietersen (4) went soon after when George Bailey juggled a sharp chance at mid-wicket off the bowling of Peter Siddle (1-34)
The next to go was opener Michael Carberry (60), who was sensationally caught at square leg by Dave Warner off the bowling of Shane Watson (1-3).
Then Johnson, the man of the match at the Gabba, caused havoc with a triple wicket maiden.
Debutant Ben Stokes (1) was given out lbw after a successful review, Matt Prior (0) was caught behind and Stuart Broad (0) stepped across his wicket only to see his leg stump bent back. Johnson was at it again soon after when Michael Clarke took a superb catch in slips to dismiss Graeme Swann (7).
A ball later and James Anderson (0) had his middle stump rattled by another searing Johnson ball.
The quick completed the demolition job by removing the off stump of Monty Panesar (2), leaving Ian Bell unbeaten on 72.
In its second dig, Australia lost Chris Rogers (2) and Shane Watson (0) to And-erson (2-19), Michael Clarke was bowled for 22 by a turning ball from Panesar (1-41) and Dave Warner (83) and Steve Smith (23) were still at the crease.
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AUSTRALIA 9(dec)-570 & 3-132
(M Clarke 148, B Haddin 118)
(I Bell 72 no, M Johnson 7-40)