The Ashes 2013-14 October 31, 2013

Johnson released from India tour for Ashes prep

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Australia have enhanced their Ashes options while reducing the tourists' chances of closing out the ODI series against India by choosing to send Mitchell Johnson home early from the subcontinent, with the intention of aiding his preparation for the first Test against England in Brisbane.

Johnson's early departure from India will allow him the chance to play in two Sheffield Shield fixtures before the Gabba Test, and one match before the national selectors name their squad on November 12. "Mitch has performed very well in India," the team performance manager Pat Howard said. "However, we believe it is best for his preparation ahead of a busy summer to have him return home to increase his bowling loads in preparation for the Ashes Test window."

Though Johnson has impressed consistently in limited-overs fixtures for Australia in England and India since he missed selection for the last Ashes bout, it remains to be seen whether he can replicate white-ball form with the red. The reinstated Test bowling coach Craig McDermott can be expected to spend plenty of time with Johnson upon his arrival home from India, working to make sure he has a chance of bowling consistently well in Brisbane and beyond.

Australia's pace bowling order of preference has been shuffled due to injuries suffered by James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird, but there remains some scepticism about Johnson's ability to bowl with the sustained intensity and accuracy demanded by the diligent approach of Australia's pacemen in England. To that end, he will now be available for the Shield match for Western Australia against South Australia at the WACA ground from November 6.

That match will allow McDermott and the selectors to gauge Johnson's first-class bowling before finalising the Brisbane squad. If selected, he will then be able to build further into form against the Redbacks in the return fixture at Adelaide Oval the week before the Gabba Test.

If Australia's Ashes prospects have been enhanced by a better lead-in for Johnson, their odds of winning the ODI series in India have now lengthened appreciably. Johnson has been Australia's most dangerous bowler across the series by a distance, even during Wednesday night's rousing Indian chase of 351 to win in Nagpur. Nathan Coulter-Nile can be expected to come in to the team for the series decider in Bangalore.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY simon_w on | October 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    This is a smart move -- MJ is the best shot Australia have at winning the Ashes series. It's a bit of a gamble, for sure, but if it comes off Aus. have a really good chance. If he goes around the park then it will be tough, but there isn't another bowler who has the potential to really put the wind up England, esp. given the injury list, and so if he doesn't play it's still gonna be tough for Aus. @Clickgotheruns has it spot on, imo.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 5, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    @Macker60:

    The rules were the same for both the teams in this series, isn't it? The wickets were the same too. Yet India chased 360 in 6th gear mode while Aus were struggling all the time to chase a much smaller 304 on a small Mohali ground. This is the difference between the teams. Aus scored 359 again and again India chased, they looked like chasing it all the time. There were some tense moments but never moments of any inevitable loss. In both these games India got BIG opening partnerships yet when India scored 383 & put Aus under pressure, they collapsed right from the start. Everyone was slogging in all directions and some were liable to score a few runs yet they were 209/8 & eventually never made it. This is the difference.

    Want more?

    In CT13's practice matches, India scored 300+ & bowled Aus out for 65 on the same wicket, lolz.

    @ScottStevo:

    When did I talk about India's test team? We too whipped you 4-0 so what's ur point? If we 25% outside India then explain CT13.

  • POSTED BY gaga001 on | November 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    It is totally impossible to understand why Mitchell Johnson was called for Ashes, he was the spearhead of Australia's bowling attack, It indicates that Australian board does not regard india and australia series as official, i.e. he was in India for the first six matches and was playing here as he was playing warm up matches for Ashes, and suddenly their board realized Ashes is near so they called him back for Ashes preparation, I think it was serious series between India and Australia but the cricket board of Australia thought it otherwise, they were fighting for No.1 spot at one time, The Ashes was known to be the No.1 tournament after World cup but that is the history, Now the reality is that any tournament with India in any part of the world is a tournament which the whole world watches with excitement because India is world champion and they are the No. 1 team of the world, this thing Australian Cricket board will realize after the huge defeat of Australia of 57 runs in the final.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | November 3, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    @harmony111, India also got bowled out for 220 odd, only made 304 because Dhoni saved their blushes and if either Henriques or Maxwell could catch, would have more likely scored 325 today. You also chased 350 the second time with what, 3 balls to spare, so it wasn't easy. And that was because M Johnson bowled us back into contention. He was expensive, sure, who wasn't? But of all the bowlers, he was the only one that genuinely looked threatening. IN this series we scored pretty much 300 every innings and you had to chase 2 record scores just to beat us. Gloat all you like, but as soon as your team walks out of India, you're only a quarter of the side you are - and Oz get better! Also, just remember that you lost 4-0 in Oz and looked useless, after already being smashed 4-0 by Eng. So don't talk up your test side when they can't win anything except when the wickets are raked down - even then you got beat by Eng. Ind are a team heading downwards once Tendulkar goes. Hometown heroes

  • POSTED BY Macker60 on | November 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Harmony111, You are forgetting the rule changes and the effects they are having, Think you will see bigger scores and 350 not being that great. T20 has brought the Hit and Miss approach to game, Which along with the rule changes I would not be surprise to a Few 200 plus scores and even 3 batsmen score a 100 in the same game, You cannot look at the end result of stats in these games you look at where they bowled and line and length. And to be honest India need to improve there Wickets otherwise they will never get top rated fast bowlers, Which is good for the rest of the world, Image a India team with 2-3 class steamers that bowl over 140, One day they will get there wickets right, in the lower grades to assist these type of bowler coming thru.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | November 2, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is property of the barmy army

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Biggus:

    In the 6th Ind-Aus ODI Report Forum, we saw how your comments clearly showed you had no idea what a greentop really means and that you did not know the diff between a flat track, spinning wicket & a dustbowl yet you always cry about Indian Pitches.

    Just for comparison, India effortlessly chased the two huge 350 totals put by Aus while Aus never looked like chasing 304 that India put up in Mohali till Ishant Sharma decided it was time to perform a Running Comedy Show.

    Mitch went for 0-68 & later for 72 runs in his last match, took 2 wickets one of which was a wrong decision. Quite clearly, Even the best Oz bowlers can do well ONLY ON Fast/Bouncy Wickets and look toothless as soon as they are out of their comfort zone.

    Whatever the track may be, a team should be able to defend 350 yet Aus failed. Not once but twice in a row.

    Btw, in tests, Aus are 0-8 in India & 0-7 of late, (soon to be 0-12 or 0-11). :-p

  • POSTED BY avr.Dravid on | November 2, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    So the RAINA and YUVRAJ must be smiling.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 2, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see how Coulter-Nile goes. Good I hope.

    Talk about getting thrown into the deep end. No pressure there Nathan, it's just the deciding match.

    I agree with the decision to bring Mitch home. It's been forced upon us by the continuing run of injuries to our younger guys and it's unfortunate for this ODI series but it's the right decision.

    All the whining and bleating in the world is not going to change our priorities. We are sick to death of losing to the Poms and will do everything we can to stop them. There are no apologies for that. If it's seen as an insult then that's just too bad, maybe some people need to de-sensitise a bit.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    the diligent approach of our bowlers in England saw us lose 3-0 and the Poms make more than 300 nearly every time. they weren't the reason we lost, but they are the reason we didn't win. well, part of it.

    we need a different philosophy. the Poms eat diligent attacks for breakfast. we need a wildcard quick - it would have been Cummins but might need to be Mitch; and a wildcard spinner, not a tweaker but the 6-68 man. as Punter says, we never lose in Brisbane, so let's try and win, that will force England to come at us. and come at us, they will. but we are pretty good in those situations, bad in the attritional ones. we made 500ish twice over there and couldn't convert it, partly weather but bot exclusively.

    juice in the track and play to win. get Nathan Astle in to play a 200-special. go down swinging.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | October 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    This is a smart move -- MJ is the best shot Australia have at winning the Ashes series. It's a bit of a gamble, for sure, but if it comes off Aus. have a really good chance. If he goes around the park then it will be tough, but there isn't another bowler who has the potential to really put the wind up England, esp. given the injury list, and so if he doesn't play it's still gonna be tough for Aus. @Clickgotheruns has it spot on, imo.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 5, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    @Macker60:

    The rules were the same for both the teams in this series, isn't it? The wickets were the same too. Yet India chased 360 in 6th gear mode while Aus were struggling all the time to chase a much smaller 304 on a small Mohali ground. This is the difference between the teams. Aus scored 359 again and again India chased, they looked like chasing it all the time. There were some tense moments but never moments of any inevitable loss. In both these games India got BIG opening partnerships yet when India scored 383 & put Aus under pressure, they collapsed right from the start. Everyone was slogging in all directions and some were liable to score a few runs yet they were 209/8 & eventually never made it. This is the difference.

    Want more?

    In CT13's practice matches, India scored 300+ & bowled Aus out for 65 on the same wicket, lolz.

    @ScottStevo:

    When did I talk about India's test team? We too whipped you 4-0 so what's ur point? If we 25% outside India then explain CT13.

  • POSTED BY gaga001 on | November 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    It is totally impossible to understand why Mitchell Johnson was called for Ashes, he was the spearhead of Australia's bowling attack, It indicates that Australian board does not regard india and australia series as official, i.e. he was in India for the first six matches and was playing here as he was playing warm up matches for Ashes, and suddenly their board realized Ashes is near so they called him back for Ashes preparation, I think it was serious series between India and Australia but the cricket board of Australia thought it otherwise, they were fighting for No.1 spot at one time, The Ashes was known to be the No.1 tournament after World cup but that is the history, Now the reality is that any tournament with India in any part of the world is a tournament which the whole world watches with excitement because India is world champion and they are the No. 1 team of the world, this thing Australian Cricket board will realize after the huge defeat of Australia of 57 runs in the final.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | November 3, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    @harmony111, India also got bowled out for 220 odd, only made 304 because Dhoni saved their blushes and if either Henriques or Maxwell could catch, would have more likely scored 325 today. You also chased 350 the second time with what, 3 balls to spare, so it wasn't easy. And that was because M Johnson bowled us back into contention. He was expensive, sure, who wasn't? But of all the bowlers, he was the only one that genuinely looked threatening. IN this series we scored pretty much 300 every innings and you had to chase 2 record scores just to beat us. Gloat all you like, but as soon as your team walks out of India, you're only a quarter of the side you are - and Oz get better! Also, just remember that you lost 4-0 in Oz and looked useless, after already being smashed 4-0 by Eng. So don't talk up your test side when they can't win anything except when the wickets are raked down - even then you got beat by Eng. Ind are a team heading downwards once Tendulkar goes. Hometown heroes

  • POSTED BY Macker60 on | November 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Harmony111, You are forgetting the rule changes and the effects they are having, Think you will see bigger scores and 350 not being that great. T20 has brought the Hit and Miss approach to game, Which along with the rule changes I would not be surprise to a Few 200 plus scores and even 3 batsmen score a 100 in the same game, You cannot look at the end result of stats in these games you look at where they bowled and line and length. And to be honest India need to improve there Wickets otherwise they will never get top rated fast bowlers, Which is good for the rest of the world, Image a India team with 2-3 class steamers that bowl over 140, One day they will get there wickets right, in the lower grades to assist these type of bowler coming thru.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | November 2, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is property of the barmy army

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Biggus:

    In the 6th Ind-Aus ODI Report Forum, we saw how your comments clearly showed you had no idea what a greentop really means and that you did not know the diff between a flat track, spinning wicket & a dustbowl yet you always cry about Indian Pitches.

    Just for comparison, India effortlessly chased the two huge 350 totals put by Aus while Aus never looked like chasing 304 that India put up in Mohali till Ishant Sharma decided it was time to perform a Running Comedy Show.

    Mitch went for 0-68 & later for 72 runs in his last match, took 2 wickets one of which was a wrong decision. Quite clearly, Even the best Oz bowlers can do well ONLY ON Fast/Bouncy Wickets and look toothless as soon as they are out of their comfort zone.

    Whatever the track may be, a team should be able to defend 350 yet Aus failed. Not once but twice in a row.

    Btw, in tests, Aus are 0-8 in India & 0-7 of late, (soon to be 0-12 or 0-11). :-p

  • POSTED BY avr.Dravid on | November 2, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    So the RAINA and YUVRAJ must be smiling.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 2, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see how Coulter-Nile goes. Good I hope.

    Talk about getting thrown into the deep end. No pressure there Nathan, it's just the deciding match.

    I agree with the decision to bring Mitch home. It's been forced upon us by the continuing run of injuries to our younger guys and it's unfortunate for this ODI series but it's the right decision.

    All the whining and bleating in the world is not going to change our priorities. We are sick to death of losing to the Poms and will do everything we can to stop them. There are no apologies for that. If it's seen as an insult then that's just too bad, maybe some people need to de-sensitise a bit.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    the diligent approach of our bowlers in England saw us lose 3-0 and the Poms make more than 300 nearly every time. they weren't the reason we lost, but they are the reason we didn't win. well, part of it.

    we need a different philosophy. the Poms eat diligent attacks for breakfast. we need a wildcard quick - it would have been Cummins but might need to be Mitch; and a wildcard spinner, not a tweaker but the 6-68 man. as Punter says, we never lose in Brisbane, so let's try and win, that will force England to come at us. and come at us, they will. but we are pretty good in those situations, bad in the attritional ones. we made 500ish twice over there and couldn't convert it, partly weather but bot exclusively.

    juice in the track and play to win. get Nathan Astle in to play a 200-special. go down swinging.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Nonsense! Should have been home preparing for Ashes with McDermott instead of being on this one day junket! He is going to need all the time and attention of McDermott if he is going to be a red ball dominator in the up coming battle with the English cricket team!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Aus have made double blow to India. One, because their best bowler is gone, the contest is less interesting. Two, as others said, Raina & Yuvi would score now and continue to stake claim in the Indian team, making India weaker longer.

  • POSTED BY Neil1489 on | November 1, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    As an englishman MJ playing the first test would almost be too generous an early xmas present. Fair play to what he has acheived with the white ball but this is a different game and I have no doubt that we would see once more the bowler that we know and love from ashes past.

  • POSTED BY Biso on | November 1, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    MJ and Harris are the most potent bowlers for the Ashes. If MJ can bowl good lines consistently and Harris stays fit England batsmen will have a hard time getting par scores. Siddle will be the work horse. The new lot of quick bowlers have bodies as fragile as glass and cannot be relied upon. But, the real problem for Aussies lies in their fragile batting.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | November 1, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @Vishal63 - you might be right, but I'm wondering how much the outcome is based on the toss - with the dew, and the benefit of knowing the target on pitches that are very conducive to big scores..?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | November 1, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @featurewriter. Here's another one for you: 'forgotten by featurewriter: Steve Smith'

    Predictable howls from Indian fans about how this disrespects India and this ODI series, but the truth is that India killed this series from day 1 by producing playing conditions so unfavourable to bowlers that it has simply become a matter of going through the motions for the bowlers from both sides. Australia has made 350 twice and lost both games. What's the point of Johnson hanging around to bowl on another dead flat wicket for no return?

    India has one strike bowler in the country, Umesh Yadav. Remind me what part he's played in this series. Australia is only doing what India did from the start, leaving the bowling to the trundlers and sending the strike bowler off to play on proper cricket pitches.

  • POSTED BY Vishal63 on | November 1, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    7th ODI: As this series has been all about batting and hardly anything about bowling, I strongly suggest that India try something different for the series decider.

    The following squad should be tried:

    1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Suresh Raina, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Ishant Sharma, 11. R Vinay Kumar

    I start by analysing my choices for the bowling department. Anyway, the bowlers are failing and so it would make sense to have a part-timer fail than have a regular bowler fail as the extra batsman can make up for the runs given away. I was strongly against the selection of Ishant Sharma but I do feel that he should be given another chance as it may be the last ODI series that he is a part of.

    For the batsmen, the inclusion of Ambati Rayudu brings more depth into the line-up and if he perform he can make up for the extra runs given.

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | November 1, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Johnson,Pattinson,Staarc Siddle and Harris can be quite formidable if they remain fit. I too subscribe to the view that England may have already peaked. I think the Ashes will be well fought even if England have taken giants to represent them. It may be more than a physical combat really with batsmen on both sides not inspiring too much. I hope the Australian selectors take George Bailey. He could be the new Michael Hussey

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | November 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    @Garyyy - impossible for Australia to win the final match? Deliberately sending jonhson home so they can use that as an excuse? No offence, but that's plain ridiculous.

    @facebook person - it's the timing that is poor, nothing else. And to suggest that CA didn't have $$ in their eyes?? Why then did they book 7 ODI's? And couldn't they have got the ODI series finished earlier?

    They may not have the full ashes team out there, but Watson, Hughes, Haddin, Faulkner and possibly Johnson all possibly taking part in the Ashes...that's 5 players, of which it is likely at least 4 of which will play in the Ashes at some point. That's almost half a test team. Their prepration has been seriously hampered.

    Oh, and BTW, CA have been universally panned for the current ODI series. From commentators, to past Aussie legends, even Boycs.

    Still think it is 'Stupid' to suggest that mooney hasn't been a large part of the decision?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 1, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sort of an illogical move by CA to release their best limited over fast bowler one day before the series ends. People complaining about the stupidity of this tour should also keep in mind that almost 3/4 of the Aussie Ashes squad is playing SS matches while the squad playing in India includes only 4 players who played the Ashes in the summer - Watson, Hughes, Haddin and Faulkner where Watson and Haddin played all 4 while Hughes played 2 and Faulkner debuted in the last Test at the Oval. This tour was always on the cards as a continuation of the Test tour that began in Jan 2013. So hence people saying that this tour is simply for money and nothing is else is stupid while people also need to look at the Aussie Ashes team and the team playing in India - very different.

  • POSTED BY amitdashore on | November 1, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    aww.. poor ambati rayudu.. now he'll not get a game as raina n yuvi both will retain their places in view of exit of their nemesis!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | November 1, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Anyway johnson was not getting any effective with these batting conditions, short boundaries and small grounds. Just getting UV out does not mean that johnson was so effective. It will be interesting if aussie win even without him then will be lot psychological pressure on india losing the series despite the greatest threat for them, johnson, was withdrawn by aussies.

  • POSTED BY Garyyy on | November 1, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    What a pathetic decision from Australians, sending johnson means either they knew that it impossible to win the final match and/or they needed an extra excuse which supports their media statement towards one of the reason loosing the match. Ahead of Ashes this win would have boosted their confidence but how coward is this.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Raina and Yuvraj can heave a sigh of relief.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | November 1, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @mehulmatrix - CA slections and decisions over the last few years have smacked of desperation (e.g. the spin bowler debacle - Hauritz, Beer, Lyons, Agar - CA, pls make up you rmind and stick with him). It smacks of desperation - forget Warne and dont try to replace him - he was a 'one-off' and cant be replaced. Lets move on.

    Then there's the awful decision to drop Katich, another awful decision to drop Hughes after the 2nd test in 2009 -> and destroy his confidence).

    Pitches in Australia favour the bowlers too much - this needs to be addressed. and if the Poms are ordering pitches to suit, why arent we?

    Kudos for bringing Rogers into the side, but why did it take so long?

    To be fair, most of these decisions were made under Andrew Hilditch, but then the current adminsitration decide to tour India before the Ashes?? Are the finances that bad, or are they putting money over success in the Ashes?? It would seem clearly the latter - and that is the most disappointing thing of all

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | November 1, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    As regards MJ, I'm concerned. Though I would love to see him really rip into the Poms, I have a strong recollection of him getting no movement in the air, or off the pitch, in the last home series. His stated aim at the time was to just "bowl fast". A the time, he was bowling 87-91mph and without movement (except for Perth where 'the doctor' helped him greatly), he was getting hammered.

    That's just not quick enough to rely purely on speed.

    Now recently he's bowled at 93-95mph, but he's still getting put around the park a bit by the Indian team (albeit on very good batting wickets). And can he sustain those speeds over a test? Is he getting any movement? I'm not sure...if he isn't then that should be the end of the story. And there's a lot at stake for him personally - if he plays in a Test this summer and gets hammered - that could well end his test career.

    With regards Shaun Tait, he retired form test cricket years ago, and I suspect, he only plays T20 now

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Now yuvi or raina or both will make a half century or a century

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | November 1, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Immatured decisions continue from CA.Whimsical selections, chopping-changing, illogical india tour before ashes and now sending a player back for ashes! what preparations are you indicating? playing couple of fast forward FC matches before a major international tests will suffice? and how come suddenly johnson becomes so important in tests? I don't think he will make major impact even if selected in ashes. Does CA think players can be easily reconfigured for different formats within a day or two?Forgot what Bailey admitted sometime back?

  • POSTED BY chin-music on | November 1, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Well done, CA! Atleast someone has the sense to put this meaningless 7-ODI series on flat belter pitches in perspective --- Aus should have sent their B-team to start with , but I guess money talks !. Anyway next best is to pull out key players for the real cricket which lies ahead in the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Good ploy; kill two birds: a healthy excuse for losing the one day series which is anyway on the cards, thus deny the opposition full credit, and then of course match practice for the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 1, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    LOL, whats the point releasing him for the last ODI? that too just one day before? they should not have even selected for ODI if they really want him for Ashes. Such a sense less decision. I think Aus is scared of loosing the ODI series. If Johnson is not playing, then at least they would have one excuse that they lost because they rested Johnson. Without Johnson, their attack is very pathetic. I am sure that tomorrows match is one sided match and India is going win.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Mr.Raina & Mr.Yuvraj could be the happiest persons now....!! :D

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 1, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @brainvin - agree with you TAIT was a big loss to cricket. Just what Oz could do with. Maybe he needed backing and was left to his own vices. Dont know if he still plays in Oz domestic but I know he turns out in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Why did CA do this is it because of Kohli effect Mitchell Johnson is one of the leading fast bowlers in the present international cricket and he's a game changer too.

  • POSTED BY Eyepop on | November 1, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Whats the point of always looking to the future. Cricket Australia wake up, get some humility and start playing the best team for each international match on the calendar be if one day, T20 or test match. Why have international matches at all if the Australian team prefaces one series over another. The Ashes will always be special but its disrespectful to pull players out of one series for another. Play the best tea, win some games, get some badly missed team spirit back.

  • POSTED BY KK_Cricket on | November 1, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    I am not sure why was he actually staying for the scheduled 6th game if Ashes was of prime importance and this series was nothing but a side show. 4th game was rained off and 5th was never possible to be played and he could have left a week early. And I am also not sure how does McKay plays ahead of Coulter-Nile when in CLT20, he was bowling well at the death and after India chased down 360 in Jaipur, it wasn't changed and Coulter-Nile's pace wasn't used in Nagpur too.. Weird selections and equally weird decisions on field. Probably what separates a good player Bailey, from a great player and good Captain Clarke.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 1, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Lethal Mitch! A Superb selection for our Ashes Squad. By the time The 5 Test Series is over, I predict that a few of the Pommies will have broken fingers - like Graeme Smith and Jacque Kallis, and that Mitch will win the The Ashes for us. Good on ya, Mitch!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | November 1, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Greatest_Game on (November 1, 2013, 2:11 GMT) well said sir.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | November 1, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I don't understand why there is 4 days between every game cut it back to one day off and then the Aussies are back home two weeks ago and can have the same preparation as the English for the Ashes series. All series are important but when going after one tournament effects the next sacrifices have to be made

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Not the best timing, but a good decision. Send Faulkner and Bailey back too, they'd be needing some preperation for potential selection. Haddin can be captain. Hughes must be a bit peeved, given Warner and Khwaja are making a million runs, to have been shipped off on this pointless tour.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I simply cannot understand the logic behind Aussie tin tank.When they are settling down as a team,the selectors think otherwise.I'm a firm believer that you always play your best X1 (inform players)to win a match. GOOD NEWS YVI & RAINA!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Glad to see McDermott back. I'm sure winning the series at hand would be great prep for the ashes. They talk about producing a winning culture, looks more like a worry about the ashes ahead culture. Play it game by game, right?

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | November 1, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Good decision by CA..my wishes to aus for the upcoming series..

  • POSTED BY satzzz on | November 1, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Why didn't CA call upon Bailey stating the same reason? Australian team is certainly not gonna improve even an inch with this Ashes-priority attitude.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    If Johnson does not look like he has the form for an Ashes series, there is always Hastings, Aus' secret weapon against SA. Bring him, and Rob Quiney back, and the Ausies will roar, just perhaps not in approval!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 1, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Boy, those potent young Aussie quicks are …fragile. All the excitement about Patto & Starc & Bird seems to have turned into a storm in a teacup, and Aus will be pinning their hopes on the old war-horses. Rhino, Sids & Midge are, in the long run, still the better bowlers!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 1, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    An intelligent, as Midge is important to the real stuff, not pajama antics in india. Hats off to CA for establishing clearly what is, and absolutely is not, important in world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | November 1, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    @ satishchandar is of the opinion that "it is an insult to lose Mitch with series on line.. Though the series is irrelevant to them, match is a match and Mitch was the only bowler who looked like picking wicket.. Really a poor decision by CA to do this.."

    Really? REALLY??? A match is a match, is it? Is then a series not a series? And is then the bcci's treatment of CSA not a thousand times more insulting, refusing to allow their entire test, ODI & T20 teams to honour an entire series. Why would any team waste their best players on india, when tomorrow the bcci might refuse to keep to their agreements.

    india can expect more of the same. Countries will play india for the money, but not for the sport, not for the competition, and not for honour! They will send their A or B team, not caring about the result, because it will not matter. It will only be about the money.

    Of course the Ashes are more important than an ODI against india. The ashes have a hundred years of integrity!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | November 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Well, I'm sorry to hear this too. It is effectively the final between the two top ODI teams, and Johnson is easily the best bowler in both teams. Just shows, though, that the scheduling is too tight.The viewing public deserves to see the best layers in action.

    But I understand why they have done it. The Ashes remains the top priority for AUS cricket, despite the contradiction that is apparent in insane the scheduling in domestic and international cricket.

    Who does AUS have over there to replace Johnson? India will firm to win this now. (although it is obvious that conditions massively favour teams batting second, and I don't think the Indian bowlers can defend any total if the pitch is similar to those we have seen so far).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 1, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    thats good i wish every australian should have gone back rather than playing in india no point for a bowler to prove its just their night mare.its only the chance for the batsman to make century .i dont find this type of game execting at all if it keeps on happening there will be game played between batsman and a bowler machine .rather siuth africa vs pakistan was an intresting game for me..icc should look up to it so that in future bowler will not hate coming to india..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Raina and Yuvraj have heaved sighs of relief.

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | October 31, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    This is proof that this ODI tour is useless and is interfering with Ashes preparations. We have SA playing a 4 day Shield game while Hughes is in India wearing pyjamas. Bailey may well be our test 6 yet why isn't he over here batting against 3 slips and a gully?

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | October 31, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    A good move because India will just roll out a road for the final game anyway.

  • POSTED BY featurewriter on | October 31, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    The first test team: Warner, Rogers, Clarke, Khawaja, Watson, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Ahmed. The 12th and 13th men for the first test: Lyon and Faulkner. Players who may get a sniff as the series progresses: Tom Cooper, Chris Lynn, Alex Doolan, Phil Hughes, Paine, Ben Cutting, Sean Marsh, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood. Out of the framework: Eddie Cowan, David Hussey, Dougie Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matthew Wade, Moises Henriques, Adam Voges. Injured: Pattinson, Starc, Cummins.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | October 31, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Why does everyone continue to judge MJ on how he played 3 or so years ago?

    Things change. Craig McDermott has had a massive impact to the Australian attack and Dennis Lillee has been working with MJ to improve his run up and accuracy.

    Furthermore if Ryno, Siddle and Watson can continue to bowl tight and build pressure like they did in the last ashes then Clarke can use MJ as an impact option for short sharp spells in an attempt to break different partnerships. If he bowls loose replace him and bring him back on later.

  • POSTED BY cricketIsGreat on | October 31, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Very good move. Ashes is far more important !!!

  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | October 31, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    It's sad to see some of these comments supporting Johnson's withdrawal. Despite not being able to watch this series (since I don't have pay tv) I have kept an eager eye on the reults and scorecards. After all, this is a series between two of the best ODI sides in the world, who are both in good form and playing exciting cricket. Granted, I'm a bit disappointed that the value of a 300+ score has been belittled by the tiny grounds, rule changes, fast outfields and horribly flat pitches, but I don't think anyone could have asked for a more entertaining series given those circumstances. Honestly I think it's a bit insulting to India and to cricket fans generally that our best performing bowler has been pulled out of the deciding game. If the ashes series is so crucial then fix the scheduling to ensure that otherwise-entertaining tournaments like this don't become a farce.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    the diligent approach of our bowlers in England saw us lose 3-0 and the Poms make more than 300 nearly every time. they weren't the reason we lost, but they are the reason we didn't win. well, part of it.

    we need a different philosophy. the Poms eat diligent attacks for breakfast. we need a wildcard quick - it would have been Cummins but might need to be Mitch; and a wildcard spinner, not a tweaker but the 6-68 man. as Punter says, we never lose in Brisbane, so let's try and win, that will force England to come at us. and come at us, they will. but we are pretty good in those situations, bad in the attritional ones. we made 500ish twice over there and couldn't convert it, partly weather but bot exclusively.

    juice in the track and play to win. get Nathan Astle in to play a 200-special. go down swinging.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | October 31, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Finally a sensible decision by CA. No one cares about this ODI series. The Ashes are what's really important.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | October 31, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @LillianThomson, may be because the series is being telecast on a paid channel, maybe because of the time differrence between Ind and Aus with most matches ending by 3 am in late night Australia time, nobody in India cares weather Auatralian public is watching or not , ayways AFL,NRL and even EPL is streaking ahead of cricket in popularity stakes back in Aus.

    I can assure you when Ashes is on we the Indians fans will watch little bit of Ashes action because we unlike you and @ Chris_P love all formats of the game and we don't beat ourselves up over what is supposed to be real cricket what is not proper cricket and post condescending remarks.We just enjoy the game of cricket weather tests or T20's.Mitch Johnson well done for the way you bowled with unbridled pace and hostility through out the series,have a safe flight and best wishes for upcoming Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    What's the use of sending him right now? :( Just play the last ODI and then he can go along with the whole team.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 31, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Reading that Umesh has been selected in the Indian Test squad, it appears the Indian selectors, at least, have beaten their Aussie counterparts by not exposing him to these matches & letting him bowl his heart out on dead pitches while treating sunburn to the top of his mouth watching sixes being hit off off him. At least they will have a bowler, fresh, full of confidence & ready to continue his progress in the quick bowling arts.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    What's the use of Johnson to stay. India will definitely undermine bowling one more time to grab the series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    What nonsense? The main downfall of Australia in recent past was due to the over emphasis of Ashes than the cricket match being played at that time. Last Test series in India, they were worried about Ashes, champion trophy....same Ashes, now this one day series, they again worried about Ashes. Boss, Australia is really playing well in this One day Series in India and Jonshon is a key player in that line up. The last match at Nagpur, in the run fest, Jonshon's performance only brought that element of excitement otherwise it would have been a one side match. Just 2 more days and you can't wait for that? Can't a good bowling performance at Bangalore one day help him for higher confidence for Ashes?

    Even though I shared my descent above but I am happy as an Indian fan :-)

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | October 31, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Is sending him home from the series really more insulting than the Indian selectors insisting on Ishant playing?

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 31, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @ landl47. It looks like you're right, I hope not, but if Johnson performs well in the 2 games prior to the test or performs better than others, then he deserves a go. Really, to go play a ODI series in India just before the Ashes was bad enough, to make it 7 games pretty well makes it insulting. Next time, let them develop a decent bowling machine, get a few big hitters lined up & let the peanut gallery cheer all the "home runs". I still don't see the point, LilianThompson is 100% correct, Indian fans may have enjoyed this excuse of a series, but it has generated zero interest here, the Ryobi Cup was an exciting format & there is huge interest in the pre Ashes build-up. Good to see real cricket still maintains the major interest.

  • POSTED BY jediknight66 on | October 31, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    If Australia can respect Johnson's resurrection, why is Zaheer Khan left out of the Windies series? He has been told to gather more domestic experience, whilst his self esteem may be dented--all sports have a psychological element to them, and Mitchell Johnson will return to Australia with some sense of pride. If Zaheer is saved for the controversial SA tour, can he produce bowling gems in two international test matches after a long absence? But, perhaps the selectors are wise--Yuvraj's form in the only t-20 game has not been replicated in the ODI's; perhaps a trip to France may have overtones of determination to prove one's self, but obviously not on the field! Keep working away, Zaheer, and show 'em your armor!

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 31, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @landl47, spot on! Rightly so too as due to the amount of injuries, he's the next we've got. Fortunately for us, his white ball form has been excellent of late and he appears more switched on. I suppose we're both praying for 'that' MJ to turn up, depending on how you're supporting! As for Faulkner being included as a 5th bowler, honestly, if we select an extra bowler after all of our batting failures, I'll be so devastated I'll have to push myself to even watch the match, as we may as well be throwing games away (as if we need further assistance with that!)

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 31, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @front-foot-lunge, oddly enough, we've not seen that scenario enough as in Cook's case, against Aus he's averaged 27.6, 24.6, 127.6 and 27.7. Which is the odd one out?!

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | October 31, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    The only thing interesting about this India-Australia series was Johnson's duel with Indian batsmen and even that has been taken away. So everybody, get ready for a drab final!

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | October 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Please Indian fans understand this is not showing you a disregard. It is about building bowling workloads, so that a fast bowler might last 5 tests. This series sees a team called Australia playing 50 over cricket in India at very same time a team called England is playing 4 day cricket in Australia. I honestly ask if any Indian would like to see their side playing ODI's in Australia while say Pakistan were already preparing for soon to start 4 test series in India ? @landl47 While I suspect you are quite correct, Bollinger and Fawad Ahmed both getting a 6 for yesterday won't go unnoticed.

  • POSTED BY Galant on | October 31, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Not playing Mitch in the final odi can be a setback for the Aussie team

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Final chance to prove their are more than what they have been criticized for during this tour, is gone with the Johnson's return to home. Although it opens a sigh of relief for them, they may not be partying now but feeling to missed the chance in the last match to prove what they can do/what they are actually. They will be now criticized even if they perform well in the series decider. I feel pity for Raina who was not out actually in the last match, where Johnson and Brad Haddin. Lets hope, no more such blunders happen in the final match for either of the team.

  • POSTED BY brainvin on | October 31, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    CA should convince Shaun Tait to play test cricket & include him in the squad..Imagine Tait n Johnson bowling together

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    It shows how ridiculous the Indian series has been - just a money-making venture for both sides. Test cricket is the ultimate prize - who will remember this one-day series in a weeks time?

  • POSTED BY Indiafast on | October 31, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Being an Indian , it gives me some thrill to watch bowlers bowl consistently at 90 miles and hour an a sheer love and awe for them develops in my heart, so is for Mitchell Johnson. Completely agreeing that note, analytically I feel the same because of his ability of reversing the bowl which at present except Ryan harris I dont find the others articulating the same skill. As happened in Ashes , Australia desperately waited for the new bowl to arrive till the 80th added not having a quality spinner in their kitty. Hence Johnson is not to frighten away the Cooks but to swing away the Bells...

  • POSTED BY ThatsJustCricket on | October 31, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Yeah right, Ashes is the only series worth playing. I get it. Why then bother arranging or playing any other series at all? Besides, who cares if anyone in Aus is actually watching this ODI series or not. Let's get this straight, it is being played in India for the entertainment of the Indian public.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Well this 'STUNT' by CA has definitely taken some shine off the big final...if all you care about is the ashes then why even play against other oppositions? such moves really devalue international cricket...as someone pointed out earlier, this is a slap in the face for MS Dhoni and the indian cricket fans...actions speak louder than words and by this move australia is saying 'we don't think you indians are worthy enough of our best team.'...i think the BCCI should teach CA a lesson...

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | October 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sensible move for all Test match lovers. But.. just goes to prove yet again there are too many meaningless tours/matches. Obviously AUS don't care about winning the ODI series. 'cos it doesn't matter in the great scheme of things. Also of course fans are robbed of seeing the best players. No-one REALLY cares who wins the ODI series, so why play it ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    waiting for the aussies to reply england with gratitude.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 31, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    In case anybody needed it, this is confirmation that Johnson, Harris, Siddle and Lyon will be the attack in the first test.

    Now the only issue is whether they go for Bailey or Faulkner for the remaining spot.

  • POSTED BY optimiser on | October 31, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Who knows Nathan coulter-nile coming back may pick up a 5-wicket haul(remember he was bench warming and did nothing wrong) , then CA can think of including him too in the ashes squad

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Rains and Yuvraj have sent thank u note to cricket Australia. And they are partying tonight.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Johnson will look for his hat-trick next time (i.e sending yuvi for a duck)..... better luck yuvi next time ...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    The decesion of sending back mitchel johnson is very wise.He is bowling with consistent pace.There is no point in bowling on a completely flat track, which can demoralize a fast bowler.Ozs should select thier top five bowlers who can last for the whole ashes series.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 31, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Excellent news. I bet the England dressing room is celebrating tonight.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | October 31, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Makes sense. I have had enough of this squalid ODI series myself.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    If Johnson is what we have as a spearhead for the Ashes then we have no chance. How many times do we give this clown a chance. He loses match after match. The guy simply does not have the mentality for tests. Back to Johnson. Back to haddin. Aussie cricket is going backwards even more. Just look at the disgraceful bowling displays in India

  • POSTED BY StarHawk on | October 31, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    The decision makes sense for Australian preparation. Johnson will be needed in the Ashes and getting hit for 70-80 runs in the final match at Bangalore will only hurt his confidence. But, at the same time, it would've been nice for Australia to wrap up this hard-fought series with a win tomorrow. And for that, Johnson was much needed. Not saying they can't win without Johnson, but on a batting paradise like Bangalore, it seems unlikely.

    As an Indian fan, what I would find worrying is if Yuvraj and Raina fires in the final match, all their struggles against quality fast bowling will be forgotten. Hope the selectors took some notice about their performance so far in the series and make wise decisions, with WC 2015 in Australia in mind.

  • POSTED BY Peterincanada on | October 31, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @FFL Your continuous trashing of all things Australian is tiresome rather than amusing and shows that you really need to get a life. @Big_Maxy_Walker Mitch has 200 wickets at roughly the same average as Anderson and Broad. In 2009 he was briefly rated #1 in the world until he lost his way. He has rediscovered his Mojo recently admittedly with the white ball. Since Australia's recent record is poor and the fast bowling ranks have been thinned through injury I think it is worth a punt to see if he can do the same with the red ball.

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | October 31, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Well, Johnson has bowled well in this series and has really harassed two Indian batsmen who can't play fast bowling -Yuvraj & Raina. But I don't really think he will be effective against Cook & co, who will be more than eager to leave anything outside the off stump or short enough.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | October 31, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    He performed well in 2 matches, and 2 worst in his name. He failed in high scoring match, particulary this may prompt oz to drop him but by different way.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Good News for YUVRAJ & RAINA. Both are tension free now.

  • POSTED BY Clickgotheruns on | October 31, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Big Max & Front Foot Lunge You may both be right but the fact remains we haven't beaten the poms in a test since Mitch destroyed them in Perth. Given the injury list and Mitch's return to form I think the selectors have to go with him. If he gets it right he'll win the test if he doesn't then Clarke needs to use him sparingly and bowl Watson more.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    CA bringing their best bowler home with the series on the line shows their priorities . They want to play the ODI series in India for the money, but actually winning it is of secondary priority. Its a bit of a kick in the guts to anyone who has invested any interest in this series including Indian fans and players from both sides.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    very good desicion. he is bowling quiq and also swinging the ball, and reversing it too . remember he will be the key

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | October 31, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @Front Foot Lunge. You are absolutely right, Mitch cant be trusted. England's pace bowlers aren't very pacey but they are accurate and reliable. I don't know how many lost tests the Aussie selectors have to go through before they never consider Johnson again for the longer format. Fine for ODI games, but no further Mitch. Maybe Perth at the most.

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | October 31, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Glad they have sent him home, all the test players should be at home in sheild cricket than this series.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | October 31, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    The return of 'He bowls to the left, he bowls to the riighht..' will bring a smile to many an England fan. It's absolutely golden watch Johnson run in and bowl and Cook smashing him for another boundary. Haven't Australia grown tired of seeing that sight? There is, after all, no one else.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | October 31, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Aussies knows what really matters and Johnson in form will force any batsmen on the backfoot

  • POSTED BY milepost on | October 31, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    I watched some of the series, mainly with an eye on the form of a few players and it looks good. It is a little disrespectful to Indian supporters to say no one cares about this current series. I do not care much for one day cricket but it is still international cricket between two good sides.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 31, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Johnson was the only reason we even had a chance against the Indian batters. India has gun batsman, if they had good bowlers they would be so good it's scary to think about, but you can't have everything. Hopefully NCN steps up to the plate and plays a blinder.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    MS Dhoni will be feeling this like a slap on his face! I mean what's the point of playing this "useless" bilateral series if Australia are not interested. This is an utter disregard to your opposition.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | October 31, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Either the final game will get even more interesting or it may not make a difference. One this is for sure - CA could care less about this boring series and figured they might as well use Mitch to try out for Ashes. It does not matter whether he is playing the last ODI or not since it will be another run fest.

    Seriously - why can't BCCI make spinning pitches for this series if they don't want to make bouncy tracks. These flat tracks are so mind numbing.

    Here is an idea - Set up a tri-series with SL and WI on these tracks and boost the batsmen's averages.

  • POSTED BY Clickgotheruns on | October 31, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Excellent idea. I know it's the series decider but ODI series' are just completely meaningless. Only World Cup's have meaning in terms of ODI's the rest are simply practice matches.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | October 31, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Guarantee Yuvi will score a ton now...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    @LillianThomson - no body cares if the series is watched in Australia or not. This series is played for the Indian public.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | October 31, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Agila:-The answer is yes. I like to see batsmen EARN their runs. I don't find slogathons where anyone can carve up the bowlers good viewing. See I'm not a kid, besotted about my favourite cricketers, but a 50 year old who wants to see a contest between bat and ball. If all you want to see is batsmen murder bowlers on dead pitches then just use bowling machines to deliver the ball. You're only shooting yourself in the foot anyway, it just ensures that when India travel overseas where the pitches are not made to order to keep your batsmen as safe as possible they tend to fail miserably.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | October 31, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh…two must be celebrating the Good news…

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    The Series decider? Seriously? The series is 2-2 with 1 to play, sure the Ashes is important, but all international cricket is, and so is winning an ODI series in India. I was going to comment that Coulter-Nile should come in to replace Doherty or Mckay, but not Johnson.

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | October 31, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    I understand ODI bowling is very different than bowling longer spells in tour games, still I do not see the gains from Mitch bowling in 2 tour games. One game would have been enough. India now stands favorite to clinch the ODI series. I do not see Yuvraj and Raina BOTH failing in the 7th ODI. Mitch has done a lot of bowling recently so it is not as if he is rusty. Bad choice by CA.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 31, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Maybe Bailey's talking to Dhoni a lot. Maybe they are friends. Bailey might have got this horrendous idea from Dhoni, who excels in decisions like playing Ishant Sharma forever, not giving 10 overs to your best bowler, treating Jadeja like he is lance Klusener, playing 6 batsman out of which only 3 can bat, the list goes on and on...

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | October 31, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    We can kiss this competition goodbye then as Johnson has been the only real threat to the Indian batsmen. McKay is awful if there's nothing in the deck. I know, I know, strike rate, average is impeccable, etc., etc., but he's been toothless in India and looks like a grade cricket trundler that I'd fancy my chances taking for 10 an over. Doherty hasn't bowled much better or added any threat. Bowled 3 good ones yesterday, then got slammed all over the shop. Maxwell and Voges are part timers (at best) and the last game I saw NCN bowl in he was terrible. Also we're not getting much out of Watson and maybe a little slightly a tad more from Faulkner.. Can't see us defending 350 again! Maybe it's best to win the toss and put Ind in - they're way less comfortable setting totals. As for MJ, I hope this move doesn't cost us his services in this match in vain. Not that I can see how a few extra days is going to make much difference...CA at their miraculous best once again!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson, the only thing standing between India getting 400 instead of 350 Lol :)

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | October 31, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Hope he doesn't turn out to be 'Rich Man's Saun Tait'.I really hope so.All the best Mitch!!!!Hope you will remember India fondly 4 months down the lane!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    aus will still win .just have faith in them

  • POSTED BY Agila on | October 31, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    @Biggus, would you have said the same about the pitches in India, If Aussies were leading in this series?

  • POSTED BY Agila on | October 31, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    @LillianThomson, You havent met anyone in Aus, that watched Ind/Aus series coz they been broadcasted on paid networks(as I seen from one of the posts here). So its about watching something which you get for free why pay huh? Good luck with the Ashes anyways! My two cents that the Oz attack coudlnt defend big targets a few times here in India.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | October 31, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    good decision that. I had said even before the series and in the middle of series too that series result will remain 4-3 either way (save rain), teams are that close. Pitches are usually flats, and for ODI's they are made flatter world over, not only in subcontinent on top of that these new rules of 4 fielders and 2 new balls. No wonder Johnson, Steyn and Ishant will almost have same bowling figures in an ODI. I had said after the 3rd ODI that Johnson should be called back and play in ashes. Reasons 1) his radar is correct i.e. line 2) bowling perfect lengths according to situation 3) and small matter of bowling it above 150 that too in India, guess what he will do in Perth. And talks of these insult or whatever, no its not insult. This series was always going to be meaningless, just an opportunity by both boards to make some $$. And now because series is heading into final match as a decider, interest, whatever it was will stay there and hence no lose of $$. That is both boards look.

  • POSTED BY amitpat79 on | October 31, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    He was playing cricket here in india also. and they are sending him back to play cricket in aus. i know it's not same playing in aus and ind. condition but still let him play final odi..

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | October 31, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    And yet George Bailey remains in India, as does Shane Watson. I would have thought that they were more likely to make the 1st Ashes test than Mitchell Johnson.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 31, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Good bye Mitch, have a safe journey. All the more easy now for India to wrap up this series at Bangalore. Johnson was Australia's ONLY strike bowler. With him gone, expect India to smash the Aussie bowling to bits. ASHES, Ashes, Ashes ! This is all England and Australia think of MOST of the time. Another reason why both teams haven't done well in global limited overs tournaments in the last few years.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | October 31, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I haven't met anyone in Australia who has watched a single ball of this India series, because it has no meaning or value to us, unlike The Ashes.

    So it makes perfect sense to withdraw Mitch to prepare him for The Ashes, my only concern is that it would have been better if he had stayed at home playing First Class cricket this last month.

    So I congratulate the selectors, but wish they had done this sooner.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 31, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Good for hardworking Mitch. He was bowling with so much pace and expect him to further bowl faster in Oz. He is a skiddy bowler and a left arner on top of this. Hope Oz can defeat ENgland in the ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Coulter-Nile is an excellent replacement for Johnson. Would love to see him bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @Biggus,whole world knows how the pitches in India behaves.Why the hell then they planned this tour if they want to play only ASHES...They talk about preparing for ASHES 1 year back and we all saw the result this year in England...If they are only concerned about ASHES,then play only that..Don't even plan any other tour across and insult the other countries...

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | October 31, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    I aus lose every one says there is no mitch. I will say surely

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | October 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Why not send Baily as well to prepare. I am sure Watto can be trusted to Captain one ODI and Furgussen can get a hit.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    o now they remember johnson, what good it will do calling him before just 3 days ago before finishing the Indian tour, simply that doesn't make sense. he is fast and furious in this series, brought out the bounce from these low and slow track. never the less, many will criticize this move by the Aussie board, but two players (Yuvraj and Raina) will take a breath of relief finally they get rid of Mitch.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 31, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Bad decision by CA. Mitch is a confidence bowler. He is much better off bowling in international matches against very competent Ind batsmen rather than in nets or in first class in Australia. After, 10 overs in next match wouldn't have dramatically altered his prospects at this stage. Certainly, CA needs new personnel to make the right decisions.

  • POSTED BY Carry-Your-Bat on | October 31, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    This has been a fantastic ODI tournament with two closely matched teams showing great contest. But CA, has Ashes on mind, almost an insult to ODI cricket in general by withdrawing Mitch for the decider match. He was the only one to show bite in bowling and exciting to watch. His delivery to Yuvi yesterday was spectacular. CA open your eyes to world cricket, not just Aus-Eng old rivalry and please show respect for other formats of the game..atleast for the fans sake.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | October 31, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @satishchandar:-Why bother playing him on the ridiculous pitches India has served up for the ODIs? They're a far greater insult to the game than us bringing MJ home. The rest of the world wants to see a proper contest between bat and ball, all but India, which is terrified at the prospect of facing bowling attacks from other countries, where bowlers are considered an equal part of the game, on any surface which hasn't been designed to render them irrelevant bowling machines.

  • POSTED BY ravindran2369 on | October 31, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Suresh Raina and Yuvraj should be happy, but bailey may ask coulter nile to bowl short to raina and yuvraj .....when they arrive....

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 31, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Elvin Zammit: Yeah, dropping the highest wicket taker? I don't think so Einstein...

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 31, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Shows you exactly how pointless this series is and how stupid it was to schedule it. We all know that Sutherland couldn't care less if we do well in test cricket as long as he's making more money but really... It'll be less than 20 days until the first test starts when the last ODI is completed. Johnson had an alright series and wa shy far and away our best seamer, so for us to bring him back when the deciding match is yet to be played, it's making a mockery. There's too much cricket on these days and this series will be completely forgotten in two months time.

    Oh and it also shows that MJ's a dead cert for Brisbane - injury precautions. I'm scared. Last time all of Siddle, Harris and MJ played together it was the infamous all out for 47 test match and the Boxing Day test match of 2010. Bad omens. All the accuracy, patience and skill of our so called "world class" bowlers who restricted Eng to under 400 runs each innings better not be undone by the mentally weak MJ.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Some times I doubt on the policies adopted by their selection committee. Giving rest to one of your best bowlers in the final and deciding match shows their mindset. I think this is the main reason for their downfall since last couple of years.

  • POSTED BY murali_88 on | October 31, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    pretty pathetic, shows how much the aussies value this series. mitch is their leading quickie and has had yuvi and raina as his bunnies this series. so as an india fan, thanks for dropping him.

  • POSTED BY Riely on | October 31, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I don't think you can say he was dropped, he's been our best bowler over there. This all but confirms his selection for Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    put some springs in indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    This is a very nice way of saying that he got dropped. Coulter nile to take his position.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | October 31, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    While Ashes is the main goal for Aussies, it is an insult to lose Mitch with series on line.. Though the series is irrelevant to them, match is a match and Mitch was the only bowler who looked like picking wicket.. Really a poor decision by CA to do this..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Better for him and his confidence. He is a good bowler and on indian pitches he will not going to gain any confidence to do well for ashes!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Better for him and his confidence. He is a good bowler and on indian pitches he will not going to gain any confidence to do well for ashes!

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | October 31, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    While Ashes is the main goal for Aussies, it is an insult to lose Mitch with series on line.. Though the series is irrelevant to them, match is a match and Mitch was the only bowler who looked like picking wicket.. Really a poor decision by CA to do this..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    This is a very nice way of saying that he got dropped. Coulter nile to take his position.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    put some springs in indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY Riely on | October 31, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I don't think you can say he was dropped, he's been our best bowler over there. This all but confirms his selection for Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY murali_88 on | October 31, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    pretty pathetic, shows how much the aussies value this series. mitch is their leading quickie and has had yuvi and raina as his bunnies this series. so as an india fan, thanks for dropping him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Some times I doubt on the policies adopted by their selection committee. Giving rest to one of your best bowlers in the final and deciding match shows their mindset. I think this is the main reason for their downfall since last couple of years.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 31, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Shows you exactly how pointless this series is and how stupid it was to schedule it. We all know that Sutherland couldn't care less if we do well in test cricket as long as he's making more money but really... It'll be less than 20 days until the first test starts when the last ODI is completed. Johnson had an alright series and wa shy far and away our best seamer, so for us to bring him back when the deciding match is yet to be played, it's making a mockery. There's too much cricket on these days and this series will be completely forgotten in two months time.

    Oh and it also shows that MJ's a dead cert for Brisbane - injury precautions. I'm scared. Last time all of Siddle, Harris and MJ played together it was the infamous all out for 47 test match and the Boxing Day test match of 2010. Bad omens. All the accuracy, patience and skill of our so called "world class" bowlers who restricted Eng to under 400 runs each innings better not be undone by the mentally weak MJ.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 31, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @Elvin Zammit: Yeah, dropping the highest wicket taker? I don't think so Einstein...

  • POSTED BY ravindran2369 on | October 31, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Suresh Raina and Yuvraj should be happy, but bailey may ask coulter nile to bowl short to raina and yuvraj .....when they arrive....