Mitchell Johnson has enhanced his reputation as the most destructive player in world cricket - by smashing the window of the commentary box at the Harare Sports Club with a massive six during the first one-day international against Zimbabwe.
Batting with James Faulkner in the penultimate over of Australia's innings, and with the tourists rattling along towards a total of 6-350, Johnson took the long handle to Zimbabwe quick Tinashe Panyangara.
The ball cleared the boundary rope with ease, before crashing into the glass pane behind which Neil Manthorp and Pommie Mbangwa were calling the action, leaving both commentators rattled - and covered in shards of glass. He was not seriously hurt.
Johnson was not the only Australian batsman to cause havoc in Harare, big hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell smashing 93 off 46 balls and combining with Mitchell Marsh for a fourth-wicket stand of 109 off 54 balls.
Aaron Finch helped Australia get off to good start but was caught down the leg side for 67 while fellow opener Brad Haddin was first out for 46 just before Australia reached three figures in the 18th over.
Johnson continued his good form with an economic bowling performance, conceding only seven runs in the six overs he bowled and taking one wicket.
Australia are in Zimbabwe for the triangular ODI series with the hosts and South Africa. Their next fixture is against the Proteas on Wednesday.
This is the window that @MitchJohnson398 smashed! @lionsdenkxippic.twitter.com/fKhGAq03uB — Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) August 25, 2014
Thanks for offering us a souvenir @NeilManthorp. We're just glad you're OK! http://t.co/3WA3KDFPRj#ZIMvAUSpic.twitter.com/XefV7TQBz7 — cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) August 25, 2014
Australia, without captain Michael Clarke who missed the game because of a hamstring strain, were playing their first ODI since beating England in Adelaide in late January.
They have a minimum of 15 ODIs planned before the World Cup starts next February.
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