19 Dec 2008

Lillee hails Johnson's coming of age

6:06 am on 19 December 2008

The great Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee has hailed the "coming of age" of Mitchell Johnson after the left arm pace bowler took a sensational 5 wickets for 2 runs in 21 balls on day two of the first cricket test against South Africa in Perth.

Lillee, who discovered Johnson as a 17-year-old talent in Townsville, labelled him a "once-in-generation bowler" after he'd returned career-best figures of 7 for 42 in his first test on his new home ground.

Johnson sent the Proteas crashing from 234 for 3 to 243 for 8 at stumps, 132 runs behind Australia's first innings total.