Top 10 Test all-rounders from Australia
An all-rounder is one the most crucial elements of a successful team. She or he is a great asset to the team, enhancing the overall balance. Be it the great Sir Garfield Sobers, or the legendary Jacques Kallis, or even the sensational Ben Stokes, all-rounders have always been in demand.
In the longer format, an all-rounder proves to be of greater worth to a captain as the team can be formed by various combinations with that player or players, as the pivot.
Australian cricket has a rich heritage of over 140 years. The Kangaroos have been a highly competent team since ages. They have been producing many quality cricketers including some top-notch all-rounders.
Let's take a look at 5 such great all-rounders produced by Australia.
#10 Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson was a true testament to the ruthless fast bowler attitude. He was quick, fierce and intimidating.
The man from Queensland struck terror in the spines of many batsmen with his hostile bowling. His raw pace coupled with his "slingy" action proved to be an X-factor for the Aussies.
Apart from his bowling exploits, Johnson even showed glimpses of brilliance with the bat. He played many invaluable knocks and was instrumental in some crucial partnerships when the team needed them the most.
He played 117 first class games and ended up scoring 3180 runs and picking up 465 wickets. Midge, as he was popularly known among his teammates, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in 2007.
He represented the Aussies in 73 Tests, and accounted for 313 scalps. Johnson was a powerful striker of the cricket ball and could clear the fence with ease. He scored 2065 runs that included a brilliant 123* against the Proteas in 2009.