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CENTURION, South Africa --- Mitchell
Johnson s breathtaking burst of fast
bowling had top-ranked South Africa
140-6 and staggering in reply to Aus-
tralia s first-innings 397 after the sec-
ond day of the first Test yesterday.
Johnson ripped out four South
Africans, with captain Graeme Smith
and Faf du Plessis falling to ferocious
and near-unplayable short-pitched
deliveries from the left-arm quick at
South Africa was 257 behind when
rain ended play early.
"I just wanted to hit the wicket as
hard as I can," Johnson said. "My plan
was really to bang the wicket hard and
it came off."
Earlier, Shaun Marsh and Steve
Smith both made centuries for Aus-
tralia. Marsh s 148 was a career-best,
Smith s 100 his fourth hundred in
seven Tests, and their 233-run stand
led the Aussies out of trouble and
toward early control of the match.
But Johnson completely turned the
screw with the ball at one of the home
team s favourite grounds with his blis-
tering first spell of 3-10 in four overs,
carrying his red-hot Ashes form to
South Africa s pace-friendly tracks.
"The role that I ve taken in this
team is to be the aggressive bowler,"
Johnson said. "That was my role in
Australia and that s my role here. I ve
enjoyed it, and when the wicket suits
..."Centurion s surface certainly did.
The fourth delivery of the series from
Johnson was fast and bounced head-
high at Smith, who hit a looping catch
up in the air for slip Shaun Marsh to
take at a dive after running back.
Johnson s delivery to send back new
No 4 Du Plessis for 3 was even better.
Clocked at around 150 kph, it reared
at the batsman s throat and Du Plessis
could only defend himself and edge
to Aussie captain Michael Clarke in
"It took off. It did surprise me as
well," Johnson said of the delivery.
Asked if the Du Plessis ball was one
of the most "intimidating" deliveries
he d bowled, he said: "You ll have to
ask him that."
Johnson finished with 4-51, living
up to pre-series predictions that he
would be the biggest weapon in Aus-
tralia s quest to follow up on its 5-0
whitewash of England by ending South
Africa s five-year unbeaten run in Test
"We re just getting him on a hot
streak at the moment," South Africa
coach Russell Domingo said. "He s
bowled really well and he s put us
under a lot of pressure."
Between the wickets of Smith and
Du Plessis, Johnson forced another
edge off a careless shot from Alviro
Petersen who went for 2 and South
Africa was 15-2. Hashim Amla briefly
thwarted the attack before a successful
review by the Australians sent him
back lbw for 17 off Peter Siddle for
Johnson also took a diving one-
handed catch running backward to
give spinner Nathan Lyon his wicket
and break South Africa s one mean-
ingful partnership, of 67 between AB
de Villiers and JP Duminy, out for 25.
Returning to bowling, he was simply
too fast for Ryan McLaren with a full,
straight delivery that sent the off
stump tumbling on 8.
"There s nothing that can prepare
you for the kind of intensity that you re
going to get when you re playing in a
Test match, I suppose," Domingo said
of Johnson s rapid pace. "You re never
going to be able to replicate that in
At stumps, De Villiers was 52 not
out and holding South Africa s fragile
innings together, still short of avoiding
the follow-on at Centurion, where the
Proteas have lost just one of their 18
previous Tests, a record under severe
Australia 1st Innings
Chris Rogers c Duminy b Morkel 4
David Warner b Steyn
Alex Doolan c Peterson b McLaren 27
Shaun Marsh c Smith b Philander 148
Michael Clarke c Philander b Steyn 23
Steve Smith c Petersen b McLaren 100
Brad Haddin lbw b Peterson
Mitchell Johnson b Peterson
Ryan Harris b Steyn
Peter Siddle b Steyn
Nathan Lyon not out
Extras: (4b, 8lb, 11w, 2nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-24, 3-72, 4-98, 5-
331, 6-332, 7-348, 8-391, 9-391, 10-397.
Bowling: Dale Steyn 29-6-78-4 (1w),
Vernon Philander 24-5-69-1, Morne
Morkel 22-5-73-1 (1w), Ryan McLaren
20-4-72-2 (2nb, 1w), Robin Peterson 15-
0-49-2, JP Duminy 12-1-44-0.
South Africa 1st Innings
Graeme Smith c Marsh b Johnson 10
Alviro Petersen c Haddin b Johnson 2
Hashim Amla lbw b Siddle
Faf du Plessis c Clarke b Johnson 3
AB de Villiers not out
JP Duminy c Johnson b Lyon
Ryan McLaren b Johnson
Robin Peterson not out
Extras: (10b, 2lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-15, 3-23, 4-43, 5-
Still to bat: Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn,
Bowling: Ryan Harris 12-3-33-0, Mitchell
Johnson 13.3-1-51-4 (1w), Peter Siddle 7-
0-21-1, Nathan Lyon 11-0-23-1.
Toss: South Africa.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and
Richard Illingworth, England.
TV umpire: Ian Gould, England.
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri
rocks South Africa
Australia's Mitchell Johnson, second from right, celebrates with teammates after taking a catch to
dismissing South Africa's batsman JP Duminy, on the second day of their cricket Test match at Centurion
Park in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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