October 30, 2001

Johnson ready to answer the call

Somerset pace bowler Richard Johnson has made it clear that if required he would be happy to go on the England Tour to India and New Zealand this winter.

With Andy Caddick withdrawing from the original squad there is a vacancy for an opening bowler, and after being called up as cover for several of the summer 2001 Test series against the Aussies Johnson is likely to be in the frame.

The former Middlesex quickie who joined the Cidermen during last winter toured India with England "A" in 1994, and was chosen to go on the full England tour to South Africa the following winter but had to withdraw because of injury.

He said, "I'm 26 and want to play for England. If I'm offered the chance then I will jump at it."