Johnson’s shock selection in all-time Ashes XI
HE bowled to the left. He bowled to the right.
Then he ripped England apart in one of the most devastating displays of fast bowling to inspire a whitewash victory, and now Mitchell Johnson finds himself in the all-time Ashes XI of an England great.
Michael Vaughan guided England to their memorable drought-breaking Ashes victory in 2005 and, equally, felt the sting of Ashes defeat on occasion.
As part of a BBC promotion, the former England captain named an all-time XI composed solely of Australian and English champions: and shocked everyone from London to Leeds with the final name in his devastating side.
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There it is, at No.11 - Mitchell Johnson.
Ignore for a second the fact that Johnson, a man with a Test century and average of 22.2, is batting behind one of cricket's all-time bunnies - Glenn McGrath.
This is a man who was bullied and humiliated by England's ruthless fans, who taunted his wayward bowling at Lord's in 2009 - and then brought his mother into their abusive songs.
He continued to be targeted when England won the Ashes in Australia in 2010/11, when he struggled to capture lightning in a bottle - as he would three years later.
So how does he end up in Vaughan's XI alongside two fellow Aussie quicks, and Shane Warne, and ahead of every England paceman in history?
Put it down to the power of 2013/14, when Johnson terrorised the touring side, taking 37 wickets at 13 in one of the most memorable bowling performances of all time.
"I've picked my team to play in Australian conditions because that's where England are going to play," Vaughan told the BBC5Live podcast he hosts with former England teammate Phil Tufnell.
"So I've picked - surprisingly - Mitchell Johnson purely for what he delivered last time.
"I've not seen anyone bowl as quick as that in my time. And also a left-arm option, I think it compliments my team.
"That was ferocious."
Vaughan did make one alteration to the side he posted on Instagram - slotting Steve Waugh into the No.5 spot in place of controversial former England captain Douglas Jardine, purely because Jardine wasn't available as an option in the BBC's competition.
Vaughan wanted Jardine, he explained, as his captain because of the divisive figure's influence on the Ashes - by way of Bodyline.
The highly controversial tactic, in which the legside field was stacked and fast bowling was aimed at the upper body, was devised to stifle the runscoring of Australia's Sir Donald Bradman - who bats at No.3 in Vaughan's hypothetical team.
"(Jardine) changed the way cricket was played," Vaughan explained.
"He went down there produced the Bodyline, completely ruffled up the Aussies."
Vaughan's final team had eight Australians and just three English - openers Jack Hobbs and Herb Sutcliffe, and champion all-rounder Ian Botham.
Co-host Tufnell showed a bit more patriotism, slotting Denis Compton into the team's middle order.
MICHAEL VAUGHAN'S ALL-TIME ASHES XI
Steve Waugh (Capt)
PHIL TUFNELL'S ALL-TIME ASHES XI