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Bowling slowly hurt Mitchell Johnson

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016 Justin Chadwick

Bowling slower hurt Mitchell Johnson on Friday night - but boy was it effective.

Johnson made an immediate impact in his long-awaited BBL debut, snaring 3-33 from four overs to guide the Perth Scorchers to a crushing 48-run win over the Adelaide Strikers at the WACA Ground.

The 35-year-old bowled with good pace when he was introduced into the attack in the eighth over, reaching the low 140s from the get-go.

But it was his slower ball that proved most effective, with one pearler clean bowling Brad Hodge for 56.

What made Johnson's performance even more admirable was the fact he entered the match under an injury cloud after dislocating his left index finger on Wednesday.

After the win over Adelaide, Johnson revealed the slower balls were the deliveries that hurt him the most.

"Sliding off the side of my finger, that's where I get my most pain," Johnson said.

"The finger popped right out (on Wednesday).

"It was from a high ball. The finger was pointing up, the ball hit right on top and popped it out. I came inside and got it popped in.

"I've done the ligament in my bowling finger before.

"I did it in the UAE a few years back in a Test series. I almost didn't play that first Test because I was really concerned.

"This time I wanted to see how it was going to go in the nets on Thursday. I was a bit nervous because I didn't dislocate it in the UAE. This was a new injury I guess.

"I had a good bowl on Thursday and it felt pretty good."

Johnson almost copped a new injury on Friday night after colliding with new recruit Ian Bell as the pair attempted to catch a skied ball in the outfield.

Although the catch went to ground, both players came out of the collision unscathed.

"We just didn't hear each other," Johnson said.

"I looked over a couple of times, and had my hand up.

"I thought he said, 'You catch it'. But I don't know. The crowd was quite loud.

"The fortunate thing was no one got hurt."

Strikers skipper Hodge said he was surprised at how well Johnson bowled given the former Test paceman had only played a handful of competitive matches over the past year.

"The ball went in pretty good areas with good pace. And he's comfortably still quick enough," Hodge said.

"It's a scary prospect when he's running in."

Johnson will be back in action again on Tuesday when the Scorchers take on the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

The Scorchers are set to be bolstered by the return of star batsman Shaun Marsh, who has recovered from a broken finger.

Adelaide are 0-2 heading into Saturday's home clash with the Sixers.

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