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Mumbai sign Dwayne Smith to replace Johnson

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 2, 2012

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Dwayne Smith starred with  bat and ball as Sussex beat Middlesex, Middlesex v Sussex, FP t20, Lord's, June 3, 2010
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Smith to replace injured Mitchell Johnson © Getty Images

Mumbai Indians have signed West Indies allrounder Dwayne Smith, who played for them in the 2008 season, to replace an injured Mitchell Johnson after Cricket Australia ruled the fast bowler out of IPL 2012. Smith is due to join the team on May 3.

Johnson failed to recover in time from surgery on his big toe, which he injured while batting in the second Test against South Africa at Wanderers last November. Smith was in good batting form in Twenty20 cricket and was the third-highest run-getter in the Caribbean T20 competition, scoring 165 runs at a strike-rate of 136.36. He also represented Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, making 346 runs at 137.30.

Smith played four matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL's inaugural season in 2008, scoring 45 runs and claiming five wickets. The following season he moved to Deccan Chargers, where he played eight matches, scoring 215 at an average of 26.87 and claiming one wicket.

Mumbai Indians have had a few injury problems already this season. Sachin Tendulkar missed four games with an injured finger, while Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga flew home for treatment for a sore back and missed three matches. Mumbai Indians are third in the points table behind Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. They have won five matches and lost four this season.

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Posted by Vilander on (May 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

folks KP is kevin p not Keiron P pls..

Posted by Vilander on (May 5, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

With the number of quality players in WI i wonder why they are not dominating t20.

Posted by joseyesu on (May 4, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

How come MUMBAI always sign big names. Leaving sachin, Hitter Pollard,Toe crusher Malinga, Orange Cap Winners Ojha and RP, Reasonable Indian Keeper/batter Karthik, Best talent Rohit, Fancied Levi/Davey, Very Useful Franklin...Now another allrounder Smith. Great minds are there behind. Sure no other team has such a line up. We will and see

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

MI needs to find a way to draft in Suryakumar Yadav into the squad. He is a future star in making and we are wasting him like we wasted Rahane.

Posted by riprock on (May 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Gayle, Simmons, D.Smith, Bravo, Pollard, Samuels, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Narine, Rampaul/Roach/Edwards. The World T20 trophy is flying Caribbean come September.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (May 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

@Rally_Windies Unfortunely our Best Talented players couldnt Win consistant.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (May 4, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

@ jimbond We did had that team, yet they didnt Trashed No one.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 4, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

@Zaheer Hussain - He started with MI then went to DC... so it should be "former MI back to MI..!"

Posted by mar2000 on (May 4, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

One of the best moves by any team in the IPL . Dwayne Smith has proven himself over and over again . He should Make a killing there just like GAYLE an D. BRAVO and POLLARD. Do not depend on the West Indies Selectors . Good luck SMITTY , go show the world what you got .

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Good pick and Mumbai will now have a new opener.. While Franklin is doing a decent job, Smith will replace him.. This huge inconsistency is what causing MI the consistency..

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