World T20 2014 March 13, 2014

Johnson suffering infected toe

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Peter 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.

  • Richard 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.

  • Amit on March 14, 2014, 3:08 GMT

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

  • Adrian 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.

  • Jay 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 !

  • Vikram on March 13, 2014, 22:28 GMT

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

  • Oscar 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.

  • Amir 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.

  • 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.

  • Rajdeep 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.

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