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Johnson changes mind, joins Scorchers

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November 17, 2011

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Mitchell Johnson played a key role in keeping South Africa's run-rate down, South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Durban, October 28, 2011
Mitchell Johnson wants to use the BBL to get back into the Australian T20 side © Getty Images
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Mitchell Johnson has reversed his earlier decision to stay away from this summer's Twenty20 Big Bash League, signing on with the Perth Scorchers.

Having said in July that he would not take part in the BBL in order to keep himself fresh as possible for the international summer, Johnson appears to have changed his mind after being dropped from the Australia T20 team following indifferent displays in that format in Sri Lanka.

"I am delighted to be part of the Scorchers' inaugural season and will be aiming to help them win the Big Bash League and qualify for the Champions League T20 competition," Johnson said.

"I still want to be part of the Australian T20 side and hope some strong personal performances will result in selection for next year's World Cup in Sri Lanka."

Following his omission from the T20 squad for South Africa, Johnson entered into talks with the Scorchers, and will now take part in at least their opening match, with other appearances to depend on his place in the national team.

"It is no secret that Mitchell Johnson is one of the world's leading pacemen. His impact as a strike bowler is outstanding and I am thrilled to have him on board with the Perth Scorchers," Mickey Arthur, the Scorchers coach, said.

"In all likelihood we will see very little of Mitchell due to international commitments and I really hope that is the case, but while he is around the Scorchers he will be a brilliant acquisition both on and off the field."

Other BBL sides have been filling the final spots in their 18-man squads also. The West Indian allrounder Dwayne Bravo has signed on with the Sydney Sixers, chasing the sort of atmosphere he enjoyed when representing Victoria in T20 matches at the MCG.

"To say I am excited to join in the fun with the Sydney Sixers this summer is an understatement," Bravo said. "What could be better than playing cricket under lights with a party atmosphere at the SCG. It's going to be a blast!"

The Melbourne Renegades, meanwhile, have picked up the teenager Meyrick Buchanan, a talented young sportsman also considered a strong Australian Rules football prospect.

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Posted by RandyOZ on (November 18, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

Why would you want to watch Indians get their stumps displaced every second ball anyway? Because that's what happen to them in Oz. Jono knows he is gone from the test team so he is ensuring his financial future. Can't blame him for that.

Posted by inefekt on (November 18, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

Johnson does well in the shorter formats where batsmen are forced to go after his bowling. He gets wickets from batsmen getting themselves out rather from doing anything spectacular himself. It's why he struggles in tests which rely more on bowlers having the skill to dismiss a batsman, something Johnson simply does not possess. It's about time he accepted this fact and became a short form specialist.

Posted by inefekt on (November 18, 2011, 3:04 GMT)

indianzen, it's India's IPL that is ruining test cricket, which basically comes down to money. The less Indian cricketers we have to remind us of that disgraceful cash cow the better, in fact lets just get rid of these silly leagues altogether.

Posted by themagpie on (November 18, 2011, 2:05 GMT)

The story in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning pointed out that should (hopefully) Johnson get dropped from the test team, he would have to suffice with grade cricket for 6 weeks. Given his current form, that's where he should be playing.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Maybe seeing a threat to his place in the Aussie Team he has decided to sign for this crap event.

Posted by Biggus on (November 17, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

@indianzen-Why don't you go the whole way and ask, "Why isn't Sachin Tendulkar in this list." It's not always about India, despite what you may think.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (November 17, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Yes, this is obviously income insurance for Johnson. With the new Aussie selection panel coming onstream, surely his days as a protected species are numbered...

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

with indian players ipl&clt20 is a failiure dis year so dont worry about dis mate

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Lol, some apt comments by both Alec and Talha... hate this poser of a player, and for some reason the media loves him - don't understand why he has played so many tests, and players like Katich get the sack so easily. Gotta love the politics in cricket, it's foolish to think it only exists in the subcontintent

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 17, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

@indianzen, is that a joke? There is a lot of money in cricket in India so the IPL would have succeeded anyway but it's really because of the overseas players that it's as big a success as it is. I think you overestimate Australian cricket fans desire to see Indian players in action. I don't think that there's any doubt that Johnson is doing this to try to get back into the Australia T20 side, but why would that be considered a bad thing? It seems like the sensible move for him to make. I don't know that it will help but he's got to try everything he can to achieve selection, doesn't he? Mind you, bowling straight would be a good start.

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