CANTERBURY: Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson continued to look in good form as Australia strengthened their grip on Kent in their Ashes tour opener at Canterbury on Saturday.
Kent were dismissed for 280 all out in reply to Australia’s first innings 507 for eight declared — a deficit of 227 runs — on the stroke of lunch on the third day of four.
Left-arm fast bowler Johnson, who took three wickets on Friday, finished with figures of four for 56 in 18 lively overs.
Kent, bottom of the Second Division of the County Championship, resumed on 203 for five.
Sam Billings was 24 not out and Adam Ball 21 not out following ex-England batsman Rob Key’s 87 on Friday.
Johnson had been the pick of Australia’s attack in taking three wickets that belied the docile nature of the pitch.
But it was fellow quick Ryan Harris, bidding to force his way into Ashes-holders Australia’s attack for the first Test against England in Cardiff starting on July 8, who struck the first blow Saturday when he had Billings caught behind with a rising delivery after the England one day international batsman failed to add to his overnight score.
Ball, however, took the attack to Australia to the delight of another large and sun-drenched crowd at the Spitfire St Lawrence ground.