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Steven Lynch
January 20, 2014
Mitchell Johnson tormented England Down Under © PA Photos

Mitchell Johnson won three Man-of-the-Match awards in the Ashes series - has anyone done this before? asked Bruce Sivewright from Australia

This has really only been done twice before - by Ian Botham in the 1981 Ashes series, and by Michael Hussey for Australia in Sri Lanka in 2011. Hussey's performance was particularly remarkable, as there were only three Tests in that series!

Shaun Pollock also collected three match awards at home against West Indies in 1998-99, but the third one came when the award in the final Test was given to the whole South African side, who had just completed a 5-0 whitewash.

Pollock's own contribution in that match was three wickets, and innings of 13 and 3 not out. It should be pointed out that Man-of-the-Match awards only became a regular feature of Test matches during the 1980s.

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