IPL news April 28, 2012

Johnson ruled out of IPL 2012

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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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  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | May 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop 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.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold 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.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | April 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    What happened? Did he injure his radar again?

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    darren sammy can be a very good replacement for mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY MinusZero 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.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy 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!

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | May 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY AKS286 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.

  • POSTED BY Meety 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop 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.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold 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.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | April 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    What happened? Did he injure his radar again?

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    darren sammy can be a very good replacement for mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY MinusZero 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.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy 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!

  • POSTED BY forzaps on | April 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Its a shame, with the kind of pitch we saw at the Wankhede today he'd have been really useful

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | April 29, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    I'm curious to know when Mitchell Johnson's batting became good enough for him to be considered an all-rounder. His career figures certainly don't seem to support it so his recent returns must have been better than I remember them being. I would think that he's a bowler who can bat a bit at best.

  • POSTED BY kopalsuperstarsXI on | April 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    they should find a suitable opener for them!!!!!!!!. i think Hashim Amla will be a good choice for them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Johnson should just announce his international retirement, he as about the same chance as my gran of breaking into the aussie team

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | April 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    just hope he is fit to dominate the t20 world cup, same with mitch marsh, with johnson, marsh and watson australia have the 3 best allrounders in the world in one team

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Oh I forgot about Brett Lee, that makes it even more of a crowd.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    The fitness of aussie fast bowlers is proving to be a big joke these days.......and this news only brings more laughter.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Memo to selectors - do whatever you like with him in the short forms of the game. Just keep him away from the red ball.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    i think mumbai indians should go for a replacement.they should get Pattinson in as cover for malinga..at the top they should always play Levi.he is a game changer like pollard.wonder why he has been kept out.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 29, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @katandthat3 - I think he'll nearly walk straight back into the T20 W/cup squad. I'd be surprised if Lee, MJ & McKay aren't the 3 main pacers.

  • POSTED BY vickytheboss on | April 29, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Only australian can replace australian, they can perform well in every match like shaun marsh, hussey, steve smith. So mumbai should take moses henriques

  • POSTED BY vickytheboss on | April 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Mumbai should Take moses henriques or kane williamson or brendan taylor or kevin o' brien in place of johnson immediately

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | April 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    There is no way Johnson should tour England with the Aussie squad. We have much better options now.

  • POSTED BY JobeWatson on | April 29, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Unfortuanetly for him he has been overtaken by Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Cummins, Harris and McKay while he was injured. Will be extremely hard to get back into the test team. Future is in doubt. Our attacks are Siddle, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus and Lyon in Test. Lee, McKay, Pattinson and Doherty/Lyon for ODI with Watson and M.Marsh/Christian backing them up. Lee, McKay, Pattinson and Hogg/Doherty/Lyon with M.Marsh/Christian/Watson backing them up. Mitch Johnson is now some way down the list and you see him struggling to make it back up there. Best hope is for Brett Lee to retire soon and snatch his spot but he will have competition in Hilfenhaus, Starc, McDermott, Bird, Coulter-Nile etc.

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | April 29, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    why he is coming here!!!! go and play big bash, it is really insult to ausssies, neglecting their own league, and coming to ipl!!!! so as clarke!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    What would he do when he gets backs? Compete against the likes of Pattinson, Cummins, Hilfenhaus, MacKay, Harris, Siddle and Bollinger. It's a bit of a crowd in the bowling lineup. So the fast bowlers would be Johnson, Mackay, and Bollinger.

  • POSTED BY Jimmy_Jim on | April 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Agreed with Justin, while his test career has gone downhill he's been one of the top 3 limited overs bowlers for a while

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | April 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I look forward to seeing Mitch back in the Aussie short forms of cricket sides, he has a very good record and I think the white ball suits him. Tests is different, he needs to take a lot of wickets in shield cricket away from the WACA next season. Injuries some times come up at the best of times and I think it worked out well last summer for both he and Australia.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 28, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - me thinks you are confusing MJ the short form bowler for MJ the test bowler, two different beasts. A simple look at his profile should alter your thinking!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Wayward rubbish? That has one of best averages in all formats over everyone else, he clearly is a great bowler and very handy with the bat!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    now i think they can replace johnson with kevin o'brain, he can play well with pollard, and he is like pollard in some ways, an allrounder who bat hard and bowl a bit field very well it will help mumbai to finish very gud as pressure will not be on pollard alone

  • POSTED BY vickytheboss on | April 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Are mumbai supposed to take another new player in for johnson?

  • POSTED BY Shaikhster on | April 28, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    A blessing in disguise I would say.... Michelle Johnson would anyways either be warming the bench or getting hammered away for runs......If MI has an option to get a replacement , they should seriously consider getting Darren Sammy. He is perfect for t20's and seems to be in great form with the bat too(referring to his recent odi and test performance against Australia ).He is pretty handy with the ball too. Another guy who should be considered should be Kevin O'Brian. Why has no team ever considered him? Just because he belongs to Ireland and not any of the top teams? .The memory of his fastest world cup 100 against England is pretty fresh in everyones mind.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Don't worry Johnson there's enough wayward rubbish bowling in this years edition, so they won't miss you too much.

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  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Don't worry Johnson there's enough wayward rubbish bowling in this years edition, so they won't miss you too much.

  • POSTED BY Shaikhster on | April 28, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    A blessing in disguise I would say.... Michelle Johnson would anyways either be warming the bench or getting hammered away for runs......If MI has an option to get a replacement , they should seriously consider getting Darren Sammy. He is perfect for t20's and seems to be in great form with the bat too(referring to his recent odi and test performance against Australia ).He is pretty handy with the ball too. Another guy who should be considered should be Kevin O'Brian. Why has no team ever considered him? Just because he belongs to Ireland and not any of the top teams? .The memory of his fastest world cup 100 against England is pretty fresh in everyones mind.

  • POSTED BY vickytheboss on | April 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Are mumbai supposed to take another new player in for johnson?

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    now i think they can replace johnson with kevin o'brain, he can play well with pollard, and he is like pollard in some ways, an allrounder who bat hard and bowl a bit field very well it will help mumbai to finish very gud as pressure will not be on pollard alone

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Wayward rubbish? That has one of best averages in all formats over everyone else, he clearly is a great bowler and very handy with the bat!!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 28, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - me thinks you are confusing MJ the short form bowler for MJ the test bowler, two different beasts. A simple look at his profile should alter your thinking!

  • POSTED BY katandthat3 on | April 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    I look forward to seeing Mitch back in the Aussie short forms of cricket sides, he has a very good record and I think the white ball suits him. Tests is different, he needs to take a lot of wickets in shield cricket away from the WACA next season. Injuries some times come up at the best of times and I think it worked out well last summer for both he and Australia.

  • POSTED BY Jimmy_Jim on | April 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Agreed with Justin, while his test career has gone downhill he's been one of the top 3 limited overs bowlers for a while

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    What would he do when he gets backs? Compete against the likes of Pattinson, Cummins, Hilfenhaus, MacKay, Harris, Siddle and Bollinger. It's a bit of a crowd in the bowling lineup. So the fast bowlers would be Johnson, Mackay, and Bollinger.

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | April 29, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    why he is coming here!!!! go and play big bash, it is really insult to ausssies, neglecting their own league, and coming to ipl!!!! so as clarke!!!!