World T20 2014 March 13, 2014

Johnson suffering infected toe

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Australia's preparations for the World T20 could by hampered by an infected toe suffered by Mitchell Johnson. Although he returned home to rest after the Test series win in South Africa and did not stay on for the ongoing T20 series, Johnson may not travel to Bangladesh with the rest of the side ahead of the world T20.

Johnson suffered a cut to the toe during the third Test in South Africa and that has led to an infection, which could mean a late arrival for the tournament. Australia begin their campaign in a week and a half, with their first match against Pakistan in Dhaka on March 23.

"Mitch has been home in Perth recovering from the Test series against South Africa but has developed an infection as a result of a cut he had on his right big toe after the third Test," Justin Paolini, Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, said.

"He is receiving treatment but his departure to Bangladesh for the World T20 may be delayed until we are happy that the infection has resolved and his toe fully recovered."

Johnson is not the only player under a fitness cloud leading in to the tournament, with allrounder James Faulkner still on the recovery trail after suffering a knee injury in the ODI series against England in January. Faulkner is with the squad in South Africa but is not expected to play until the World T20.

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  • Chris_P on March 14, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Not nearly as amusing you my friend. We, at least , appreciate real cricket. 91,000 popele on day 1 at the MCG sugests it is a long way into its death throes. As long as tests are played by countries who treat it with the integrity it deserves, it will survive. As with society, there is a section who prefer takeaways over al-la-carte. Let them eat their whoppers or whatever, but please, we don't need them to tell us not to continue enjoying the finer quisine available.

  • Jagger on March 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster on (March 13, 2014, 23:32 GMT) - the idea is Test cricket being so difficult to learn for T20 to rope in the masses and for them to move through and understand the complexities of Test matches in due course.

    Even if Tests are reduced, which they won't, to Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies, for example, it won't matter to us one iota. It's good having sub continent teams playing Test matches but if they don't want to play anymore then we will not lose any sleep over it at all. Which brings me to my point, you have no point.

  • wolf777 on March 14, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Suresh "Short Ball' Raina is breathing easy...

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 14, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Johnson is a big blow, make no mistake about it. The world's number 1 test bowler on form being out injured is devastating, even if it is for the T20s. Johnson is still a gun in the T20 format. But, with that being said, there are valid replacements. Jackson Bird is in the form of his life and isn't far behind Johnson on form, having also recently adjusted to the T20 format. Doug Bollinger is still in great form and is a great exponent of T20 cricket. And even Nathan Coulter-Nile isn't in bad form. Johnson is great on the subcontinent - not sure where that comment came from that he'd be ineffective. He has amazing records on subcontinental pitches. And as for Australia playing spin badly, the team they are taking is full to the brim with great players of spin bowling, Cameron White being the best of the lot (and not mentioned by Disappointed). The only squad member I query is James Muirhead. I would have taken O'Keefe and Smith.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 13, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    @Aussie fans: You guys never cease to amuse me. Thank God, at least PrasPunter accepts 'indirectly' that test cricket occupies many people's minds and lives instead of the IPL in turn decreasing their daily productivity. The joke is on you my friends. Keep hyping up test cricket. It's already on its way to life support. Once bowlers like Mitch Johnson disappear thanks to injury, you will have no body else other than tv commentators and the umpires to do your bowling. So much for 'growing' the sport in other countries. Give me a break !

  • xylo on March 13, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    hey Australia, would you like Ishant Sharma instead? ;-)

  • dissapointed on March 13, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    @Hello13 Australia only ended the career of Graeme Swann mid Ashes and ended Robin Peterson after the first test. It's a new team, Warner, Finch, Smith, Hodge, Watson, Haddin all play spin well. The team that Australia just fielded had Hogg who batted 7 in tests before his retirement coming in at 11.

  • AH_USA on March 13, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist: I can't speak for the other bowlers but what I do know is that Imran Khan bowled against India in the series played in Pakistan in the early 80s (1982, I believe) with a hairline fractured foot in the last two games. Even though PAK won that series but Imran had to pay the price and he could not bowl for almost two years and that too was when he was at the peak of his bowling. I do not know the extent of Johnson's injury but I do know that it he needs to prolong his career, he will need to take extra precaution for his injuries. You can not place Ryan and Johnson in the same class. John is sheer pace where as Ryan is more control than pace.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on March 13, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Doesn't matter subcontinent or fast tracks, while Mich in good form, He surely going to be tough challenge for all batsmen. Aussies chances are high in this time with Mich n firing batsmen, but all da teams are in good touch, it's going to be superb WC this time.

  • Hello13 on March 13, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    In any case, Australia don't know how to play spin, so they didn't have much chance in this cup anyways.

  • Chris_P on March 14, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Not nearly as amusing you my friend. We, at least , appreciate real cricket. 91,000 popele on day 1 at the MCG sugests it is a long way into its death throes. As long as tests are played by countries who treat it with the integrity it deserves, it will survive. As with society, there is a section who prefer takeaways over al-la-carte. Let them eat their whoppers or whatever, but please, we don't need them to tell us not to continue enjoying the finer quisine available.

  • Jagger on March 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster on (March 13, 2014, 23:32 GMT) - the idea is Test cricket being so difficult to learn for T20 to rope in the masses and for them to move through and understand the complexities of Test matches in due course.

    Even if Tests are reduced, which they won't, to Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies, for example, it won't matter to us one iota. It's good having sub continent teams playing Test matches but if they don't want to play anymore then we will not lose any sleep over it at all. Which brings me to my point, you have no point.

  • wolf777 on March 14, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Suresh "Short Ball' Raina is breathing easy...

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 14, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Johnson is a big blow, make no mistake about it. The world's number 1 test bowler on form being out injured is devastating, even if it is for the T20s. Johnson is still a gun in the T20 format. But, with that being said, there are valid replacements. Jackson Bird is in the form of his life and isn't far behind Johnson on form, having also recently adjusted to the T20 format. Doug Bollinger is still in great form and is a great exponent of T20 cricket. And even Nathan Coulter-Nile isn't in bad form. Johnson is great on the subcontinent - not sure where that comment came from that he'd be ineffective. He has amazing records on subcontinental pitches. And as for Australia playing spin badly, the team they are taking is full to the brim with great players of spin bowling, Cameron White being the best of the lot (and not mentioned by Disappointed). The only squad member I query is James Muirhead. I would have taken O'Keefe and Smith.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 13, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    @Aussie fans: You guys never cease to amuse me. Thank God, at least PrasPunter accepts 'indirectly' that test cricket occupies many people's minds and lives instead of the IPL in turn decreasing their daily productivity. The joke is on you my friends. Keep hyping up test cricket. It's already on its way to life support. Once bowlers like Mitch Johnson disappear thanks to injury, you will have no body else other than tv commentators and the umpires to do your bowling. So much for 'growing' the sport in other countries. Give me a break !

  • xylo on March 13, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    hey Australia, would you like Ishant Sharma instead? ;-)

  • dissapointed on March 13, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    @Hello13 Australia only ended the career of Graeme Swann mid Ashes and ended Robin Peterson after the first test. It's a new team, Warner, Finch, Smith, Hodge, Watson, Haddin all play spin well. The team that Australia just fielded had Hogg who batted 7 in tests before his retirement coming in at 11.

  • AH_USA on March 13, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist: I can't speak for the other bowlers but what I do know is that Imran Khan bowled against India in the series played in Pakistan in the early 80s (1982, I believe) with a hairline fractured foot in the last two games. Even though PAK won that series but Imran had to pay the price and he could not bowl for almost two years and that too was when he was at the peak of his bowling. I do not know the extent of Johnson's injury but I do know that it he needs to prolong his career, he will need to take extra precaution for his injuries. You can not place Ryan and Johnson in the same class. John is sheer pace where as Ryan is more control than pace.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on March 13, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Doesn't matter subcontinent or fast tracks, while Mich in good form, He surely going to be tough challenge for all batsmen. Aussies chances are high in this time with Mich n firing batsmen, but all da teams are in good touch, it's going to be superb WC this time.

  • Hello13 on March 13, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    In any case, Australia don't know how to play spin, so they didn't have much chance in this cup anyways.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 13, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    @JJJake - how about the example of Ryano from as recently as a couple of weeks ago? I'm giving Ryano's example not that it will count more if it is recent but just to satisfy your 'requirement' of an example from this century. An injured sportsman's determination be it Malcolm Marshall or Kapil Dev or Anil Kumble or Milkha Singh do not get diluted based on how long back they showed that determination. You know it and I know it. Cheers.....

  • siddharth_r2001 on March 13, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @Simon Cowell: agree with you mate. Johnson's form and more importantly, his wickets with the new ball time and time again, were the primary factors in Mumbai Indians winning the IPL last year. Before that, it was "play out 4 overs from Malinga and make merry in the remaining 16"

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 13, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    @Ben1989 mate when I was playing cricket, I once injured the nail of my right thumb (my bowling arm) while trying to take a skier (warm up/practice before the match starts). The nail came off halfway and it was as bloody as it can get. And this happened right before the match. I was the opening bowler for my college team and a 5 down batsman. I carried on with that excruciating pain, took 3 wickets and scored invaluable 32 runs with the tailenders to win the intramurals. My team presented the bloodied batting gloves to me to keep. Marshall bowled with a broken arm, Kapil bowled with a broken finger, Kumble bowled with a broken jaw, Ryano bowled with an injured knee supposed to be under the surgeon's knife. Winners go that extra-mile without making excuses. You do know that the pain is excruciating when the broken tips of a bone rub against each other. An infected toe - drain it and u are fine.

  • dunger.bob on March 13, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Back when I was playing heaps of fast bowlers used to cut a hole in the top of their left boot if they were right armers (right boot for cackies). That was so the toe didn't keep hitting the leather on impact and take the toe nail off or something. I saw that happen once and it was nasty. Blood everywhere. Poor fella could barely walk the next day. .. yeah anyway, quick bowlers have to look after their feet. If they don't, they won't have a leg to stand on.

  • on March 13, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @Hello13 you're absolutely right mate, it's not like he's prospered in the IPL at all... *cough*

  • Mitty2 on March 13, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Bring in Bird please.

    7 matches, 13 wickets Best 4/31 Econ 6.71 Av 14.46.

    There's no format that accuracy, height, seam movement and pace doesn't prosper. Importantly, in the BBL a lot of his wickets were conventional and through genuine wicket taking deliveries. Please bring Bird in, as he should be brought in for the test side immediately.

  • Hello13 on March 13, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Would have been useless on the subcontinent anyways.

  • JJJake on March 13, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Kapil Dev? That was over thirty years ago .. I'm sure Harold Larwood and Frank Tyson probably bowled well injured as well. Got any examples from this century?

  • on March 13, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Bring Cummins in

  • kiwicricketnut on March 13, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    bugger i was hoping his moustache would get infected so he would finnally shave that thing off, most destructive bowler in the world at the moment and i just can't take him seriously

  • disco_bob on March 13, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, well if the rest of our bowlers are ordinary, that must make your batters, 13 of whom were done in by bowlers other than MJ in the final Test, extra ordinary.

  • on March 13, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    this Time for sure Aussii will win WC cuz the way they made their team its the strongest team i ve ever seen see the Hitters like Finch Watson Warner and Maxi Unbeliveble Hitters i would love to watch them waiting for pak and Aussi match to be Honest i m the Australian fan and they will win each n evry Match .. ;-)

  • imtiazjaleel on March 13, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    i believe Australia should win T20 WC this time because they are the best balanced side with some good hitters and bowlers. Only doubt in my mind is that how they will cope slow pitches. If they can adapt to spin bowling then they are unbeatable.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on March 13, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, you never fail to surprise. Ryan Harris is an ordinary bowler? Do you even watch cricket or do you just go eeny meeny miney mo before you pick a silly comment out of a hat? I agree with @disco_bob.

  • Ben1989 on March 13, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @PrasPunter... haha, that's gold, love your reply to Cpt.Meanster, perfect! & Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist, I'm pretty sure if you look back on the last IPL, Johnson was one of the leading wicket takers & he's always done well there with his slingy action, how naive are you mate? another point - bowling with a fractured finger which simply holds the ball, is different than bowling with a buggered toe which you land on time & time again, especially with Mitch's long pacey run up.... if you're so quick to judge, how about you take his place?

  • BradmanBestEver on March 13, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    He is a tough nut - no worries about the MJ train baby.

    In any case, we have the Rhino and a wealth of talent, which is the envy of opposing teams, just waiting in the wings

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on March 13, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    When you have to bowl on pace unfriendly tracks all kinds of excuses show up. Kapil Dev bowled with a fractured finger of his bowling arm to claim 9 wickets against the mighty Windies, no less, in the 1983 series when the Windies toured us.

  • Webba84 on March 13, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    If Johnson comes back stronger after each toe injury hes welcome to hurt it at the end of every test series as far as Im concerned.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 13, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Doug Bollinger would make a decent replacement.

  • on March 13, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    It is only 4 overs of hostile pace bowling in T20 cricket which is nothing compared to Tests. So not much of a loss. Any bowler can replace him in T20 cricket but not everybody can replace him in tests.

  • PrasPunter on March 13, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, so what shall we do ? We will scrap test cricket, hail the IPL as the savior of the world , forget our lives and keep following that !!

  • SHK1 on March 13, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Excellent news for Team India!!!

  • on March 13, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Finch,Warner,Watson,Bailey,Maxwell,Hodge,Haddin,Flaukner,Jhonson,Hogg,Starc

    What a team!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jagger on March 13, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Keep him home. He is too valuable to waste on their pitches.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 13, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    This is what test cricket does to bowlers - it ruins them. I hope Johnson's injury is not a serious one. He's the one bowler in the Aussie team who can intimidate the opposition. The rest are ordinary. I wish him well.

  • disco_bob on March 13, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    We don't need to use our most precious fast bowling asset for a snatch and grab T20 bit of fluff.

  • on March 13, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Hafeez must be very ............... :p

  • xtrafalgarx on March 13, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    If he misses the WC i think it will be a good opportunity to get a youngster in. Wasn't it Starc and Cummins who were our best bowlers when we made it to the semi's last time? I reckon AUS still a chance without Johnson.

  • on March 13, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    That's not going to be a problem for him. He can bowl any side out and win you the game injured or not.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 13, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    What's with Johnson and that toe of his? He broke it last time he went to SA and that looked like the end of him, he went back this time and hurt it again!

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  • xtrafalgarx on March 13, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    What's with Johnson and that toe of his? He broke it last time he went to SA and that looked like the end of him, he went back this time and hurt it again!

  • on March 13, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    That's not going to be a problem for him. He can bowl any side out and win you the game injured or not.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 13, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    If he misses the WC i think it will be a good opportunity to get a youngster in. Wasn't it Starc and Cummins who were our best bowlers when we made it to the semi's last time? I reckon AUS still a chance without Johnson.

  • on March 13, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Hafeez must be very ............... :p

  • disco_bob on March 13, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    We don't need to use our most precious fast bowling asset for a snatch and grab T20 bit of fluff.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 13, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    This is what test cricket does to bowlers - it ruins them. I hope Johnson's injury is not a serious one. He's the one bowler in the Aussie team who can intimidate the opposition. The rest are ordinary. I wish him well.

  • Jagger on March 13, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Keep him home. He is too valuable to waste on their pitches.

  • on March 13, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Finch,Warner,Watson,Bailey,Maxwell,Hodge,Haddin,Flaukner,Jhonson,Hogg,Starc

    What a team!!!!!!!!!!

  • SHK1 on March 13, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Excellent news for Team India!!!

  • PrasPunter on March 13, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, so what shall we do ? We will scrap test cricket, hail the IPL as the savior of the world , forget our lives and keep following that !!