The Ashes: Mitchell Johnson credits 'joys of fatherhood' for upturn in form

Mitchell Johnson reveals that birth of a daughter few months ago has made him enjoy his cricket in recent times.

updated: January 05, 2014 16:01 IST
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Mitchell Johnson has credited fatherhood for his sensational form over the past few months. Johnson, whose wife Jessica Bratich gave birth to his daughter Rubika a few months ago, bowled Australia to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England with a Man of the Series effort of 37 wickets, including six in the 281-run win in the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

"It (fatherhood) definitely changes your perspective. I'm really enjoying myself more than I was 18 months ago,' Johnson was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph. "Even if I bowl a bad over, I can think about the good things in my life." (Read: full story in Daily Telegraph)

This Ashes series has seen a remarkable turnaround for Johnson, who may not have even been in the squad if Mitchell Starc or James Pattinson had been fit. During the 2009 Ashes, Johnson was involved in a public feud with his mother which coincided with a downturn in form and ridicule from opposition fans. Considered to be physically and mentally fragile, Johnson admitted that he was affected by the 'abuse' but time away from the game helped.

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