IPL news April 28, 2012

Johnson ruled out of IPL 2012


Mitchell Johnson, the Australia allrounder, has been ruled out of this year's IPL as he has not yet recovered from a surgery on his big toe. Johnson had been bought by Mumbai Indians for $300,000 in the February player auction. A team spokesperson confirmed his unavailability.

Johnson picked up his injury while batting in the second Test at the Wanderers in South Africa last November. He was diagnosed with a severe injury to his ligaments, commonly referred to as 'turf toe'. At the time, Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said Johnson's injury was so severe that surgery was clearly the best option and that he expected Johnson to be out for five or six months.

Mumbai Indians have had a few injury problems already this season. Sachin Tendulkar missed a number of games with an injured finger, while Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga flew home for treatment for a sore back. The team has struggled after getting off to a good start. They have lost three of their last four games after winning three of their first four, and are currently in seventh place on the points table after eight games.

While Johnson will miss the IPL, he was signed by Durham earlier this month to be their second overseas player for the 2012 Friends Life t20 competition. He is also expected to be fit for Australia's limited-overs tour of England that begins in mid-June.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Patrick on May 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Thanks for the good memories MJ, I'll try and forget the ridiculous over bowling from Punter.

  • Anupam on May 1, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    get well soon buddy ! we want to see u again in playing for Oz in all format of the game. get well before ashes. u r the world class strike bowler.

  • Andrew on May 1, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Regarding MJ, he just needs to do what his prodigy (Starc) did, have a good long (15 min) chat with Akram. Worked wonders for Starc, if he gets his inswinger to the right hander going again - watch out! Akram is only too happy to talk with fellow lefties.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Johnson needs to be playing some first class cricket. Why doesnt he try signing for durham to play some championship matches (for free of course) to earn his way back into aussie team. If he does this, there will be plenty of 20/20 opportunities.

  • Kendal on April 30, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Rooboy..I would have to agree that Mitch can bat more than a 'bit', as I was one of the SA supporters cursing myself blue in the face when another ball from Steyn disappeared over midwicket at Newlands. That was a brutal knock, but he was also in the bowling form of his life, so his self confidence was high. His batting has overall been like his bowling, unbelievable when on song, pretty indifferent when not. For that brief period of time, though, he was scarier than Morkel....not many people have put Smith and Kallis in hospital on the first day of a Test.

  • Justin on April 30, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    On his day this bowler can destroy the best attacks - off his day and this bowler can destroy his own side - such is MJ. Shame really cause he has the skills to deliver but i think its his head (inc confidence) that lets him down. If he can get that right then he is a world class bowler. Come on mitch - get back to state and redevelop yourself. I would love to see the good MJ back in the side.

  • Marcio on April 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    What happened? Did he injure his radar again?

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    darren sammy can be a very good replacement for mumbai indians

  • Harvey on April 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    It doesnt really matter if he is fit for the England ODI tour, he has buckleys chance of being selected.

  • Nathan on April 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    @rockyyy - how are the Aussies neglecting the big bash? That finished months ago. @jmcilhinney - a century and a 96 not out against Steyn, Morkel and co on their home turf ... I suppose any old bunny can do that. Mitch can bat slightly more than 'a bit', when his head is right anyway. @Gupta.Ankur - it's a bit sad that you find someone else's misfortune funny. On the other hand, I find the whole indian 'pace attack' to be hilarious!

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