Spencer Johnson's historic act in The Hundred takes cricket world by storm

The cricket world has been left gobsmacked by the Aussie bowler's astonishing figures.

Pictured here, Spencer Johnson bowling in The Hundred.
Spencer Johnson's figures of 3-1 represent the lowest 20-ball spell in the history of The Hundred. Pic: The Hundred/Getty

The cricket world has been left gobsmacked after Aussie fast bowler Spencer Johnson sealed a remarkable record in a scarcely believable spell of bowling in The Hundred. In an eye-catching debut for Oval Invincibles in England's domestic white-ball competition, the South Australian took the ridiculous figures of 3-1 to help his side thrash Manchester Originals by 94 runs.

Johnson's blistering 20-ball spell contained a staggering 19 dot balls, just the one run and three wickets as the Invincibles restricted their Manchester opponents to just 92 runs at the Oval, in pursuit of 187 for victory. The Adelaide-born star's bowling display was the most economical 20-ball effort ever in The Hundred.

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Johnson conceded just the solitary run in his first spell of 10 balls, where he bowled against England pair Jos Buttler and Phil Salt. The Aussie returned for a second spell later in the match where he picked up three wickets without conceding another run, beating the record previously held by Mujeeb ur Rahman (six runs) for fewest runs ever conceded in a 20-ball spell in The Hundred.

"I can't believe it myself to be honest," the South Australian said afterwards. "I would've loved to be part of the Ashes. Hopefully one day I will be there."

Invincibles captain Sam Billings added: "To provide a performance like that against Jos Buttler and Phil Salt as well, two of the best players in the world at the moment, I can't really put into words how special that bowling performance is. Of course, that kind of pitch suited him down to the ground, raw pace, but you've got to still do it. Really, really good from him."

Seen here, Spencer Johnson celebrates with Invincibles teammates in The Hundred.
Spencer Johnson celebrates with Invincibles teammates in The Hundred. Pic: Getty

Cricket world loses it over Spencer Johnson display

Not surprising, the never-before-seen feat lit up social media too as fans reacted to the Aussie's remarkable slice of history. Johnson's bowling display was described as "unplayable" in some quarters, with many cricket fans predicting a big future for the quick, who only made his Big Bash and Sheffield debuts earlier this year at the age of 27.

South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen lay the platform for the Invincibles' crushing win after smashing a 27-ball 60 that included half a dozen sixes. The Invincibles' total of 5-186 was their highest in the men's Hundred, with England star Jason Roy adding a classy half century after blasting 59 runs off 42 balls.

It was the heroics of Johnson that stole the show, however, with the paceman capping off a stunning week that also saw him called up into Australia's T20 side for the upcoming tour of South Africa. "I've had a bit of a tough run with injury but I've come out of the other side now - I'm loving it," he told BBC Sport.

Johnson's display was typified by relentless accuracy and the ability to find significant in-swing that made him a nightmare to play for the opposition batters. Incredibly, his spell was the second-most economical performance in any of the major T20 leagues around the world, where a minimum 18 balls were bowled.

"If I was Australian I would be like 'get him a contract now'," England bowler James Anderson enthused on BBC Two. "Make sure they look after him. Imagine Spencer in the [50-over] World Cup in India. He would be incredible."

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