7 Feb 2011

Mitchell rips through England to give Aussie 6-1 series victory

5:40 am on 7 February 2011

The Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson again found the WACA a happy hunting ground as he inspired the hosts to a 57-run victory and a 6-1 series hammering of England in the seventh and final one-day cricket international on Sunday.

Johnson, who fired Australia to their only Ashes test win on the same ground, ripped the heart out of the England batting with the key wickets of Jonathan Trott (14), Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (8) as the tourists chased 280 for victory.

England, who arrived in Perth for the Ashes tour on October the 30th, looked like a team at the end of a long, gruelling summer and, despite a bright, unbeaten 60 from Michael Yardy, laboured to 222 all out in 44 overs.

The tourists were already struggling by the time Johnson hit his stride with Andrew Strauss finishing his last match against Australia on this tour as he started the first -- with dismissal for a duck in the opening over of his team's innings.

Johnson, so often the object of derision from England supporters over the campaign, then took charge to reduce England to 5-64 on his way to an impressive 3-18.