Mitchell Johnson back to mercurial best in Melbourne

Mitchell Johnson

"I was thinking to myself to keep my run-up smooth and relaxed and I ended up bowling a no-ball, but it didn't matter in the end because I didn't get him out anyway."

Johnson, who took the prized scalp of Kumar Sangakkara for 58 to register his 200th wicket, has long struggled to maintain consistent line and length and his test appearances have become almost curious cameos in recent years.

He has also struggled to absorb the pressure on the biggest stages, with his most famous meltdowns occurring in the Ashes against bitter foes England.

But a raft of injuries that have gutted Australia's pace bowling stocks could yet keep him in the frame for another redemption shot against the old enemy with back-to-back Ashes series in store in 2013.

Johnson claims his struggles have made him a more mature bowler, and is now less susceptible to suffering the bi-polar highs and lows of elite cricket.

While entertained by his fireworks on Wednesday, Australian fans will ponder which Mitchell Johnson will make an appearance in the next innings, however, and are again likely to have their hearts in their mouths as they watch him steam in to bowl.

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