Australia news December 1, 2011

Mitchell Johnson ruled out for five to six months

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mitchell Johnson, the Australia fast bowler, has been ruled out of cricket for "five to six months" after undergoing surgery on the big toe of his left foot in Melbourne. He sustained the injury while batting in the second Test at the Wanderers in South Africa earlier this month. Not only will he miss the home season as a result, but also the tour to the West Indies in March and April next year.

"Mitchell sustained a severe injury to ligaments, commonly referred to as 'Turf Toe', when batting in the second Test in South Africa," Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said in a release. "Although lesser degrees of this injury can be managed without surgery, Mitchell's injury was a severe form and surgery was clearly the best option. I would expect Mitchell to be able to return to cricket in five to six months."

This lay-off could make it difficult for Johnson, 30, to force his way back into the national side. He had a disappointing tour of South Africa, where he took 3 for 255 during the two Tests, and in the past 18 months he has taken 35 Test wickets at 45.71. Teenager Pat Cummins impressed during the Test series, and fellow seamers Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson made their debuts in the first Test of the summer, against New Zealand in Brisbane.

It was during Australia's series-levelling victory at the Wanderers that Johnson's foot problem became apparent, when he stumbled while taking off for a run during Australia's chase. Johnson was hobbling for the rest of the innings but stayed at the crease until the target was reached.

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  • ozziefan08 on December 4, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    with the emergence of Pattinson, Starc and Cummins Johnson wont get back in. Shouldnt be picked again

  • Matt. on December 2, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    thanks for the laugh jonesy2, you always cheer me up

  • dummy4fb on December 2, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    if you guys remember he knocked over sehwag everytime so good luck india that he is missing or you were gonners as his form can come back anytime like the 3rd test of ashes 2010

  • satish619chandar on December 2, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    It could have been better for India to have the scattergun in full form.. The current management wouldn't have dropped him for sure.. Sad to miss him..

  • Aussierise on December 2, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    time to turn a leaf...the honest truth is that the 2013 ASHES squad will more than likely carry only 1 of Mitchell Johnson or Ryan Harris and not both. I think bar further injury (which is probably not the wisest comment at the moment :)) the pace battery in 2013 will comprise....starc (left arm), cummins (speed/bounce), coulter-nile (swing-king), and then Siddle or Harris or Copeland as the 4th (workhorse). Only 3 will more than likely play unless its a fast man's wicket, but in the squad of 15/16 players they will have 4 quicks plus I'm thinking an allrounder who can bowl medium/fast will also make the backup for watson/or slot in at 6/7/8 depending on how things are going batting/bowling wise. Christian/M Marsh/Henriques/maybe even Cutting are the front runners for this role. I think Johnson is in trouble unless he can budge out some of these guys.....

  • candyfloss on December 2, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    I agree with you guys.Its unfair why did Mitchell Johnson get injured now before our Indian team was due to visit.Its a big disappointment for the Indian team and fans.

  • dummy4fb on December 1, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Based upon his form of late (last 18 months), I don't think he'll be missed too much. I'm liking the new quicks we've brought into the team though - and I like Starc's action. Maybe MJ could learn a thing or two re: keeping the seam upright

  • Sinhaya on December 1, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Good you stay out Mitch as Sehwag, Kohli and Dravid would have hammered you in style.

  • dummy4fb on December 1, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Now Michael Clarke will come out an say something like "He will welcome M Johnson back as soon as he is fit,he's a terrific team player etc etc.Thing is tho the only team he is terrific for is the other team same with Ponting

  • jonesy2 on December 1, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    huge loss for cricket, never good to have one of the superstars miss significant time. turf toe is such a weird injury as well. happen to aaron sandilands this season in the AFL, he took a fair while to recover. damn was looking forward to MJ having a huge summer and destroying the indians

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