19 Dec 2008

Johnson claims best figures for left arm fast bowler in test cricket history

7:06 pm on 19 December 2008

Australia's Mitchell Johnson has taken eight for 61 against South Africa, to claim the best figures by a left arm fast bowler in test cricket history.

Australia's dismissed South Africa in the first test in Perth for 281 giving the hosts a 94 run first innings lead after making 375 in their first innings.

Johnson's effort surpasses that of fellow Australian Mike Whitney's 7-27 against India, also in Perth in the 91-92 season.

His effort is the eighth-best performance by an Australian bowler.