Mitchell Johnson Is Stuck On Groundhog Day

Mitchell Johnson, on how he plans to bowl at Virender Sehwag, Sept. 25, 2010:

“Last time when we were over here we came out and he was hitting good balls for four or six, you look up at the scoreboard and he’s almost 50,” Johnson said. “Sehwag is someone we can bowl a lot of short balls to. I don’t think he’s too confident with the short ball early.” (Via Cricinfo)

Mitchell Johnson, on how he plans to bowl at Virender Sehwag, March 22, 2011:

“I don’t mind bowling up into his rib-cage to be honest,” Johnson said. “He seems to struggle with that a bit.” (Via Cricinfo)

Did it work in 2010 series? For the most part, yes. Sehwag was out four times to variants of the short ball (though on at least two occasions, it seems he got himself out by steering balls straight to fielders). On the other hand, in the first innings of the 1st Test, the short ball from Johnson came too late. Sehwag had already scored 59 runs off 54 balls. More than enough for an ODI.

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