Antoinette Muller

The Mo we won't know

2014-01-31 16:14
Sport24 columnist Antoinette Muller (File)

There really is nothing quite like a series against Australia. Forget all the boardroom squabbling just for a second and focus on the cricket stuff.  The thumping sound of leather on wood and the snarling of bowlers at batsmen, it’s quite lovely if all the off-field stuff can be put aside.

For cricket fans, there are few things as wonderfully enchanting as a fast bowler in full visceral flow, even if he is Australian. But now things are shifting. Johnson returns to the country where his Test career was nearly ended in 2011. With three wickets for 255 runs and a broken toe to show for his lack of efforts, Johnson returned to Australia that year needing surgery and his career looking on the wane thanks to a poor  performance. In hindsight, that break was a blessing in disguise as Johnson was determined to bounce back and did all the hard work to make it so.

Michael Clarke has already said that he believes his bowling attack is the best in the world. His words have been echoed by a number of his teammates. it’s already added extra spice to the contest.  A few words exchanged in public is part and parcel of a South Africa vs Australia clash.  

Johnson hasn’t been overly mouthy, but he is certainly full of confidence. Confidence might play a massive role in how a player performs, but overall, Johnson might very well end up leaving the South African tour as the Mo Australia won’t know rather than the Mo who couldn’t stop having a go.

Antoinette Muller is a freelance writer who writes mainly about soccer and cricket for The Daily Maverick or anybody else who will have her...

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