Australia news November 27, 2011

Johnson considers surgery on foot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mitchell Johnson, the Australia fast bowler, may have surgery on his injured left foot, which could rule him out of the whole of Australia's home season. Scans have shown a piece of metal embedded under Johnson's left big toe, and it is not certain for how long it has been there.

Johnson had hurt his toe while batting against South Africa in the Johannesburg Test, and there was considerable swelling and pain after the game. He was left out of Australia's squad for the Gabba Test against New Zealand, which starts December 1, and sent to see a foot specialist in Perth. If he decides to go ahead with the surgery he could also miss the subsequent home series against India.

"He's still seeing specialists so that [surgery] may happen or it may not," Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris told WAtoday. "There's more tests to be done and more specialists to consult. He's got an unusual injury so it's something that we need to have a careful think about but I can tell you now he's not definitely having surgery. We haven't made a decision on it yet. We're just trying to manage it."

It has been a difficult last year and a half for Johnson: since June 2010 he averages 45.71 with the ball and his place in the side has been questioned. He was dropped for the second Ashes Test, in Adelaide, returned to take nine wickets in Perth but has since not taken more than four wickets in a Test. During the series in South Africa, Johnson once again struggled with the ball, taking just three wickets over the two Tests, though he did play important innings of 38 not out and 40 not out in Australia's victory at the Wanderers.

Australia lost four other players to injury after the South Africa tour: Pat Cummins has a bruised heel, Shane Watson a hamstring strain, Shaun Marsh a back ailment and Ryan Harris a pelvis problem.

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  • Craig on November 29, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Johnson needs to have surgery now! Go back to shield cricket take a bag full and then get picked for australia again! the biggest disappointment about johnson isnt that he leaks to many boundaries, its his obsession in bouncing batsmen out, ambrose, akram, mcgrath all bowled yorkers to tall enders and all took mountains of wickets! gees, everyones under 12 coach told you to picth the ball up, i guess johnson under 12 coach was useless!

  • Roo on November 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Seems Mitch is in Melbourne now seeing another specialist... His manager expects surgery to take place & that Johnson will be out for the summer... Important surgery as you cannot run until the big toe fully heals... Hope it works out & he gets back into SS next year... He'll be missed from the ODI & T20 teams...

  • Roo on November 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    @davidpk... things must be getting bad in Europe that you have to troll Aust v NZ Test matches... Perhaps Englands recent thrashing by India in the ODI's is still getting to you... Where England is no.6 in the world while Australia is 1st... Brag when you hold both rankings for a decade... lol... It will never happen with your current squad... We are on the rise in Test rankings... while you can only fall... See you on the ladder going the other way... It happens to every team someday...

  • Randolph on November 29, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Finn is bordering on terrible. He is as ineffective as Siddle. Zero swing and zero movement. He is certainly not England's Johnson, because the fact is Johnson is FAR better. A more accurate comparison would be to John McNobody from my local grade side.

  • Cameron on November 29, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Peterincanada & tmd1: couldn't have put that any better. Well said. Some incredible arrogance & very short memories from some England supporters. Extreme long term suffering must do that kind of thing to you, I guess.

  • Peterincanada on November 29, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    @davidpk It's amazing how arrogant the English have become after a few months at the top of the test rankings. When you have been undisputed #1 in all formats for over a decade like the great Aus and WI teams of the past, then you will have something to brag about.

  • Aaron on November 28, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    @davidpk; Unless he's significantly improved since the Ashes last year, Finn is the English version of Johnson. Fast and aggressive, but woefully expensive.

  • david on November 28, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    azzaman333 bet u wish you had a bowler like finn, bowls up to 95mph and 50 wicket after 12 tests. and cannot get into the england team. you guys are are talking up an 18 year old whos played 1 test and 3 fc games. and hes on the top of your list. and worried about a bowl like johnson who has a heart like a pea. ur a funny man. as well as despeerate. dpk

  • kan on November 28, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Johnson should udnergo surgery immidiately, anyway he is struggling with form, at current form he doesn't justify a place in the side anyway, who knows after surgery, he might regain his best form

  • ashok on November 28, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    real bowlers are those who can bowl and get wickets in any pitches, including a sub continental pitch... mitch fails at both...

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