Australia in South Africa 2013-14 March 6, 2014

Johnson rested from T20s

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been rested from the Twenty20 series in South Africa and will return home before joining the squad in Bangladesh for the World Twenty20. Allrounder Moises Henriques will remain in South Africa as his replacement.

"Mitch has had a very long summer and we think he will benefit from returning home for a few days of rest with his family where he can freshen up," Australia's coach Darren Lehmann said. "He will link back up with the squad in Bangladesh ahead the ICC World Twenty20."


Johnson was the highest wicket-taker in the Test series, which Australia won 2-1, claiming 22 wickets at 17.36 apiece. He also bowled the most overs - 126.1 - across three innings.

Australia's first T20 against South Africa is on March 9 and their first game of the World Twenty20 is against Pakistan on March 23.

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  • on March 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    I think meanster is just sore that his so called great team is very ordinary to say the least, our trophy cabinet is lot fuller than India's buddy and that seems to make you extremely jealous

  • criccraze on March 8, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @Cpt : d same mighty Indian batting lineup which cant chase 250+ now. the same lineup which is held in such high honurs dat Mitch was withdrawn from the decider.what lineup you are talking about dude???it was d dustbowls which decided d series not d batting or supposedly bowling attack. would like to see now how the IPL specialists performing in the T20

  • bitofcricket on March 8, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Have got to say the T20 WC is looming to be something I could easily sleep through after this summer of tests. Not saying it's not interesting, it just doesn't compare. Keep me posted cricinfo, good reading in the morning (about as engaging as a domestic league).

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 8, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    @milepost: Yeah right. Which is why your team failed to defend 350+ totals twice on successive occasions against India where the mighty Indian batsmen made a mockery of your bowling attack. You lost 4-0 in a test series in India where your batsmen were dancing to the tunes of Ashwin, Ojha and Jadeja on spinning wickets. Never underestimate Asian spinners. I won't be surprised if your team is one of the first to get knocked out of the World T20 this year. It's a mediocre team anyway. Finch ? Warner ? Please.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 7, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @PrasPunter: Don't give me that nonsense. So you are telling me that an ICC event is less important than some boring, self appointed bilateral series ? I hope you are mature enough to not feel that way. Besides, Australia will be chewed and spat out in this World T20. They don't have what it takes to play in Asia well anyway. We all saw how they fared in India recently. Twice they failed to defend 350+ totals. It will be a nightmare for Australia during the World T20. Enjoy winning your irrelevant test matches.

  • on March 7, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I'd rest him from all t20 cricket forever. waste of his time.

  • on March 7, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Amazing treatment of key players especially fast bowlers. Every1 gets a chance. Not like India where promising bowlers bowl and bowl till they lose pace swing everything get injured get smashed and get laughed at by fans while many others are benched forever .India should take a leaf out of Aussies book.

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    who cares about what we do in what is called as the Tee twenty ? We have just beaten the world's No 1 test team in their own backyard. Also inflicted a famous 5-0 whitewash few months ago. Job done for this summer !!

  • scarrule on March 7, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @milepost yeah we have seen him bowling in india last where they were unable to defend even 350+ totals twice. Yeah your player might hit spinners out of the park. But surely you don't know anything about ajmal, amit mishra. Well only time will tell.

  • Winsome on March 7, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Good to send him home. Listening to him being interviewed with Harris after the third test he sounded completely exhausted, they both did.

  • on March 9, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    I think meanster is just sore that his so called great team is very ordinary to say the least, our trophy cabinet is lot fuller than India's buddy and that seems to make you extremely jealous

  • criccraze on March 8, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    @Cpt : d same mighty Indian batting lineup which cant chase 250+ now. the same lineup which is held in such high honurs dat Mitch was withdrawn from the decider.what lineup you are talking about dude???it was d dustbowls which decided d series not d batting or supposedly bowling attack. would like to see now how the IPL specialists performing in the T20

  • bitofcricket on March 8, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Have got to say the T20 WC is looming to be something I could easily sleep through after this summer of tests. Not saying it's not interesting, it just doesn't compare. Keep me posted cricinfo, good reading in the morning (about as engaging as a domestic league).

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 8, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    @milepost: Yeah right. Which is why your team failed to defend 350+ totals twice on successive occasions against India where the mighty Indian batsmen made a mockery of your bowling attack. You lost 4-0 in a test series in India where your batsmen were dancing to the tunes of Ashwin, Ojha and Jadeja on spinning wickets. Never underestimate Asian spinners. I won't be surprised if your team is one of the first to get knocked out of the World T20 this year. It's a mediocre team anyway. Finch ? Warner ? Please.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 7, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @PrasPunter: Don't give me that nonsense. So you are telling me that an ICC event is less important than some boring, self appointed bilateral series ? I hope you are mature enough to not feel that way. Besides, Australia will be chewed and spat out in this World T20. They don't have what it takes to play in Asia well anyway. We all saw how they fared in India recently. Twice they failed to defend 350+ totals. It will be a nightmare for Australia during the World T20. Enjoy winning your irrelevant test matches.

  • on March 7, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I'd rest him from all t20 cricket forever. waste of his time.

  • on March 7, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Amazing treatment of key players especially fast bowlers. Every1 gets a chance. Not like India where promising bowlers bowl and bowl till they lose pace swing everything get injured get smashed and get laughed at by fans while many others are benched forever .India should take a leaf out of Aussies book.

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    who cares about what we do in what is called as the Tee twenty ? We have just beaten the world's No 1 test team in their own backyard. Also inflicted a famous 5-0 whitewash few months ago. Job done for this summer !!

  • scarrule on March 7, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @milepost yeah we have seen him bowling in india last where they were unable to defend even 350+ totals twice. Yeah your player might hit spinners out of the park. But surely you don't know anything about ajmal, amit mishra. Well only time will tell.

  • Winsome on March 7, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Good to send him home. Listening to him being interviewed with Harris after the third test he sounded completely exhausted, they both did.

  • milepost on March 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Mitch can bowl at 155kph in those 4 over per innings matches, I don't think the pitches will have much to do with it. Australia will easily win the tournament as we dispatch the sub-continental spinners into the stands ball after ball.

  • ross_k on March 7, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Technically he bowled 126.1 across six innings, not three

  • on March 7, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    MJ is the best bowler right now. He will do well on any surface. This guy is a fighter. He overcome all the ridicules to emerge as champion. Our Ishant and co can learn from him.

  • amitdashore on March 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    i think MJ would be as effective in BD as well, since he's a clever bowler, n seeing bowlers like al-amin, rubel, ziaur, shapoor, talha, etc. do well, with the slowness of pitch n occasional ball stopping or climbing, MJ could be devastating! only thing Aus would lack is a genuine class spinner..

  • siddhartha87 on March 6, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    MJ is in red hot form but i doubt how much effective he will be in those Bangladesh dust bowls. Australia should be ready to chase huge targets in wc t20.But hey they got WHite,Finch,Warner,Watson,Bailey and Maxwell in top 6. They can chase down any target on their day

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  • siddhartha87 on March 6, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    MJ is in red hot form but i doubt how much effective he will be in those Bangladesh dust bowls. Australia should be ready to chase huge targets in wc t20.But hey they got WHite,Finch,Warner,Watson,Bailey and Maxwell in top 6. They can chase down any target on their day

  • amitdashore on March 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    i think MJ would be as effective in BD as well, since he's a clever bowler, n seeing bowlers like al-amin, rubel, ziaur, shapoor, talha, etc. do well, with the slowness of pitch n occasional ball stopping or climbing, MJ could be devastating! only thing Aus would lack is a genuine class spinner..

  • on March 7, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    MJ is the best bowler right now. He will do well on any surface. This guy is a fighter. He overcome all the ridicules to emerge as champion. Our Ishant and co can learn from him.

  • ross_k on March 7, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Technically he bowled 126.1 across six innings, not three

  • milepost on March 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Mitch can bowl at 155kph in those 4 over per innings matches, I don't think the pitches will have much to do with it. Australia will easily win the tournament as we dispatch the sub-continental spinners into the stands ball after ball.

  • Winsome on March 7, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Good to send him home. Listening to him being interviewed with Harris after the third test he sounded completely exhausted, they both did.

  • scarrule on March 7, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @milepost yeah we have seen him bowling in india last where they were unable to defend even 350+ totals twice. Yeah your player might hit spinners out of the park. But surely you don't know anything about ajmal, amit mishra. Well only time will tell.

  • PrasPunter on March 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    who cares about what we do in what is called as the Tee twenty ? We have just beaten the world's No 1 test team in their own backyard. Also inflicted a famous 5-0 whitewash few months ago. Job done for this summer !!

  • on March 7, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Amazing treatment of key players especially fast bowlers. Every1 gets a chance. Not like India where promising bowlers bowl and bowl till they lose pace swing everything get injured get smashed and get laughed at by fans while many others are benched forever .India should take a leaf out of Aussies book.

  • on March 7, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I'd rest him from all t20 cricket forever. waste of his time.