Johnson making the difference to Australia's fortunes

The left-arm pacer has come a long way since he was suspended in March.

Johnson dismisses Raina in Mohali.

On flat surfaces, Mitchell Johnson has bent his back to generate considerable speed and bounce.

The experienced left-arm pacer is the leader of the pack and has bowled like one by regularly touching 150kph on the speed gun.

Australia’s strategy of exploiting India’s perceived weakness against the short-pitched ball has been well executed by Johnson and his fellow pacers. He has got breakthroughs at crucial junctures. In Pune he bowled a probing spell while in Mohali, he made the Indian batsmen hop and earned figures of 4/46.

Johnson was one of four players penalised in 'Homeworkgate' and his work ethic and commitment to the team was questioned.

But a different Johnson has been seen during this series.

"He’s been the standout among both teams. He’s the guy that we go to anytime we need a wicket or to restrict runs. He’s got that extra pace. He’s 10-15 kmph quicker than anyone else playing in this series. On wickets with any sort of grass he’s a real weapon for us," said teammate Xavier Doherty.