Johnson six smashes commentary window
Australia bowling all-rounder Mitchell Johnson has enhanced his reputation as one of the more destructive players in world cricket by smashing the window of the commentary box at the Harare Sports Club.
Batting with James Faulkner in the penultimate over of Australia's innings against Zimbabwe in a one day international, and with the tourists rattling along towards a total of 6-350, Johnson took the long handle to quick Tinashe Panyangara.
The ball cleared the boundary rope with ease, before crashing into the glass pane behind which Neil Manthorp and Pommie Mbangwa were calling the action, leaving both commentators rattled - and covered in shards of glass. They were not seriously hurt.
Manthorp took to Twitter to express the humour of the situation, thanking Johnson for the "glass shards for lunch". A follower suggested he call for a helmet.
Johnson was not the only Australian batsman to cause havoc in Harare, big hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashed 93 off 46 balls and combined with Mitchell Marsh for a fourth-wicket stand of 109 off 54 balls.
Aaron Finch helped Australia get off to good start, but was caught for 67 while fellow opener Brad Haddin was first out for 46, just before Australia reached three figures in the 18th over.
Well, that was an interesting last 10 overs. Braaied chicken and glass shards for lunch... Cheers Mitch J. :)
Mitchell Johnson has ruined our view in the commentary box here in Harare!! pic.twitter.com/OD8zbv64aP
When Australia took the field, Johnson continued his good form with an economic bowling performance, conceding only seven runs in the six overs he bowled and taking one wicket.
Australia went on to win the game by 198 runs with minnows Zimbabwe offering little resistance in being bowled out for 152. Only Hamilton Masakadza showed some mettle, scoring 70.
Australia were in Zimbabwe for the triangular ODI series with the hosts and South Africa. Their next fixture was against the Proteas on Wednesday.
Australia, without captain Michael Clarke who missed the game because of a hamstring strain, were playing their first ODI since beating England in Adelaide in late January.
They had a minimum of 15 ODIs planned before the World Cup started next February.
Sydney Morning Herald