World T20 news March 16, 2014

Johnson out of World T20, Bollinger in

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Australia's spearhead Mitchell Johnson has been forced out of the World Twenty20 due to an infected toe, thrusting Doug Bollinger into the squad as the national selectors' next best left-arm option.

Johnson had initially been rested from the T20 matches that followed his major contribution to the 2-1 Test series win in South Africa. However the infection, derived from a cut to Johnson's right big toe that he carried through a marathon bowling stint on the final day of the series at Newlands, has been slow to heal.

Though currently being treated with antibiotics, Johnson was ruled out of the event on Sunday, with Bollinger now preparing to journey to Bangladesh rather than playing for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield final against Western Australia in Canberra.

"Mitchell had a cut on his right big toe after the 3rd Test against South Africa which became infected when he returned home to Australia after the series," Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, Dr Justin Paoloni said. "We have given Mitchell as long as we can but unfortunately his infection hasn't responded to the treatment as quickly as we had hoped with swelling remaining in his toe and foot.

"It is difficult to say how quickly the infection will take to resolve and due to the high risk of infection recurrence with a return to bowling we feel it is in the best interests of Mitchell's health for him to continue to receive intensive treatment in Perth."

Johnson's absence is an enormous blow to Australia's chances to end a hugely successful summer with their first World T20 trophy, given his supreme performances in Tests against England and South Africa. It is also a significant reverse for the tournament itself, as Johnson is arguably cricket's most watchable performer at present, adding pace, excitement and danger to every match he takes part in.

Bollinger has not played for Australia since October 2011, but he was part of the Test squad during the latter part of the home Ashes series, when the selectors elected to carry an unchanged XI through all five Tests. Had Johnson fallen prey to injury during the Ashes, Bollinger would have come in as a like-for-like impact bowler.

"This is disappointing news as it was anticipated that Mitch would have a significant impact with his pace and menace," the national selector John Inverarity said of Johnson's convalescence. "Doug Bollinger has been called into the squad to replace Mitchell. Doug has had significant experience in the sub-continent and in international white ball cricket and his ability to bowl with good pace was a factor in his selection."

As was the case with Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh being granted their places in the Test batting order, the selectors have chosen Bollinger according to long-held views about who is the best man to replace Johnson rather than taking too close a look at relevant domestic figures. Bollinger's Big Bash League display this summer was modest, reaping six wickets at 44.66 for the Hobart Hurricanes.

While the Blues have lost Bollinger, they are also likely to gain a pair of useful reinforcements, as both the Australian Test captain Michael Clarke and the allrounder Moises Henriques are firming to be available for the Shield final, which begins on Friday at Manuka Oval.

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

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  • on March 19, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Well. no prob at all. he will prove

  • bren19 on March 18, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Really? Dougie? Unimaginative selectors at work again. There are so many T20 bowlers out there who are far more proficient at the game than Doug. Jackson Bird for example - Ben Cutting, John Hastings.

  • Jagger on March 17, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Rowan Tyson on (March 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT) Does anyone know about any drama or personality conflicts he has? - Are you a woman? Sounds like something a woman would say. Who cares! The question you should be asking is why isn't he playing? No one knows. "If I have got someone offside, I'm more than happy to work hard to improve. But as it stands I haven't heard a thing," he said. S. MacGill: "The guy can bowl ... I don't understand why he hasn't got the opportunity he deserves."

  • Meety on March 17, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 16, 2014, 19:33 GMT) - Starc is a white ball gun & if he opened the bowling in the 2015 W/C with Ryan Harris (check his career S/R) - it would be shut the gate. (I actually think Harris is a better white ball bowler than Red beleive it or not- albeit close). As for in Bangladesh - a lot of people writing Oz off, havent factored the batsmen are not current Test batsmen so shouldnt be tarred with the same brush as the guys who got beat in India last year. Brad Hosge played in the BPL in Bangladesh I think 2 yrs running - & was just about the lead batsmen in one of those yrs. So a middle order of White, Hodge, Bailey & Haddin are amongst our better players of spin! (Maxwell will probably play ahead of White). @R Tyson - only the selectors know why he doesnt get selected - that said he is better performed in FC cricket - HOWEVER his T20i stats are superior to Doherty & he got a long run in the Oz side & cant bat unlike SO'K!

  • BradmanBestEver on March 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Doug is a serviceable performer and will try his guts out, as is the Aussie way.

    Good news that MJ is not playing in this waste-of-time tournament. He doe snto risk injury and the time off from playing the hit and giggle game will give him more preparation time and make him fresher for playing the big boys game of test cricket.

  • bobagorof on March 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @popcorn: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/392619.html . Also, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/416241.html . So there's two. Oops, and a third: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/446963.html . Three different years, three different opposition. But I agree that Behrendorff may have been a better choice - plus he doesn't play for NSW, so that will make the theorists happy (unless you also consider that picking Behrendorff would weaken WA's attack for the Shield final against... NSW)

  • ramz30380 on March 17, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta LOL! Well, I was referring to the wickets mate!!! Abt potholes and bumpy rides, well thats discussion for another forum not here in cricinfo!!!

    My reference was to the scores that the Aussies were able to post during the ODI series in India - BD does not offer the same adv to them - the couple of qualifiying matches was proof enough for that and so did the Asia Cup!

    If Aussies manage to handle the spin friendly conditions (not to mention how wanting they were during the 4-0 white wash against Ind during the test series), they can pack a punch in WCT20!

  • cheguramana on March 17, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Doug is a decent pacer no doubt. Has the experience T20 in India thru IPL. But what abt Derek Nannes ? Probably better credentials ?

  • JAH123 on March 17, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    I don't know why anyone is worried about who replaces Johnson, since he will only be a backup bowler for the tournament anyway. It will probably be Doug Bollinger's last international tournament and he has been a good servant to Aus cricket for many years, so I have no problem with him going. Plus he will have some experience to impart to our talented young quicks.

  • on March 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    After the completion of the first two games and the massive influence of spin I'm happy that Hogg is in the side, and also Maxwell could be a star with the ball this tournament, however I have the feeling a left arm spinner like okeefe would've been very good to complement Hogg, I'm sure muirhead is a gun, but well have to wait and see how he performs in Bangladesh! Looking at okeefes figures and his last couple of games, he took a 10for and when Lyon comes back he gets pushed right back to second spinner and hardly gets a bowl, he's not inline for international test, and he looked good in big bash, oh and he averages near 30 in all formats. Does anyone know about any drama or personality conflicts he has?

  • on March 19, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Well. no prob at all. he will prove

  • bren19 on March 18, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Really? Dougie? Unimaginative selectors at work again. There are so many T20 bowlers out there who are far more proficient at the game than Doug. Jackson Bird for example - Ben Cutting, John Hastings.

  • Jagger on March 17, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Rowan Tyson on (March 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT) Does anyone know about any drama or personality conflicts he has? - Are you a woman? Sounds like something a woman would say. Who cares! The question you should be asking is why isn't he playing? No one knows. "If I have got someone offside, I'm more than happy to work hard to improve. But as it stands I haven't heard a thing," he said. S. MacGill: "The guy can bowl ... I don't understand why he hasn't got the opportunity he deserves."

  • Meety on March 17, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 16, 2014, 19:33 GMT) - Starc is a white ball gun & if he opened the bowling in the 2015 W/C with Ryan Harris (check his career S/R) - it would be shut the gate. (I actually think Harris is a better white ball bowler than Red beleive it or not- albeit close). As for in Bangladesh - a lot of people writing Oz off, havent factored the batsmen are not current Test batsmen so shouldnt be tarred with the same brush as the guys who got beat in India last year. Brad Hosge played in the BPL in Bangladesh I think 2 yrs running - & was just about the lead batsmen in one of those yrs. So a middle order of White, Hodge, Bailey & Haddin are amongst our better players of spin! (Maxwell will probably play ahead of White). @R Tyson - only the selectors know why he doesnt get selected - that said he is better performed in FC cricket - HOWEVER his T20i stats are superior to Doherty & he got a long run in the Oz side & cant bat unlike SO'K!

  • BradmanBestEver on March 17, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Doug is a serviceable performer and will try his guts out, as is the Aussie way.

    Good news that MJ is not playing in this waste-of-time tournament. He doe snto risk injury and the time off from playing the hit and giggle game will give him more preparation time and make him fresher for playing the big boys game of test cricket.

  • bobagorof on March 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @popcorn: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/392619.html . Also, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/416241.html . So there's two. Oops, and a third: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/446963.html . Three different years, three different opposition. But I agree that Behrendorff may have been a better choice - plus he doesn't play for NSW, so that will make the theorists happy (unless you also consider that picking Behrendorff would weaken WA's attack for the Shield final against... NSW)

  • ramz30380 on March 17, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta LOL! Well, I was referring to the wickets mate!!! Abt potholes and bumpy rides, well thats discussion for another forum not here in cricinfo!!!

    My reference was to the scores that the Aussies were able to post during the ODI series in India - BD does not offer the same adv to them - the couple of qualifiying matches was proof enough for that and so did the Asia Cup!

    If Aussies manage to handle the spin friendly conditions (not to mention how wanting they were during the 4-0 white wash against Ind during the test series), they can pack a punch in WCT20!

  • cheguramana on March 17, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Doug is a decent pacer no doubt. Has the experience T20 in India thru IPL. But what abt Derek Nannes ? Probably better credentials ?

  • JAH123 on March 17, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    I don't know why anyone is worried about who replaces Johnson, since he will only be a backup bowler for the tournament anyway. It will probably be Doug Bollinger's last international tournament and he has been a good servant to Aus cricket for many years, so I have no problem with him going. Plus he will have some experience to impart to our talented young quicks.

  • on March 17, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    After the completion of the first two games and the massive influence of spin I'm happy that Hogg is in the side, and also Maxwell could be a star with the ball this tournament, however I have the feeling a left arm spinner like okeefe would've been very good to complement Hogg, I'm sure muirhead is a gun, but well have to wait and see how he performs in Bangladesh! Looking at okeefes figures and his last couple of games, he took a 10for and when Lyon comes back he gets pushed right back to second spinner and hardly gets a bowl, he's not inline for international test, and he looked good in big bash, oh and he averages near 30 in all formats. Does anyone know about any drama or personality conflicts he has?

  • grubbadubb on March 17, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    I can understand why Australia have gone for Doug. He's got a pretty good record on the subcontinent and has been handy for CSK so should be able to step up & perform decently. However I would have preferred them to go for Jackson Bird. In his last seven BBL matches Bird took 13 wickets @ 14.46; in Bollinger's last six BBL matches he reaped a mind-blowing 2 wickets @ 82.5. Bird also has a fractionally better economy rate. Bird may have less experience in that part of the world, but he is a superior bowler to Bollinger. If Bird was given the opportunity I believe he would have yet again demonstrated that. Alas, Bird misses out again.

  • on March 17, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    ramz30380 on (March 16, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

    Well, Well, Well. Most of the roads in India are NOT flat, as you say (Cricket pitches? May be). The roads are full of potholes, and arevery bumpy (except a few 'show piece roads in big cities). Hey Ram (z30380) take a ride on a four /three /two wheeler, you can find out. (You can even try a one wheeler, if you are good at it)

  • on March 17, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Bollinger had become ineffective on sub-continental pitches. That's why CSK replaced him, to have a better attack in the IPL. Even Mohit Sharma, who was found wanting in the internationals, bowled better than Bollinger in the IPL. Looking at the large pool of young reserve pacers at CA's command, choice of Bollinger is surprising.

  • popcorn on March 17, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    Give me ONE MATCH where Doug Bollinger has turned in a match -winning performance.Sic. Wrong choice.I hope he is carries the drinks throughout the Tournament. Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner,Nathan Coulter Nile and Shane Watson are enuf to win this tournament for us.

  • Jagger on March 16, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Matt Humphreys on (March 16, 2014, 13:20 GMT) - whomever beats that side will win it, Matt. Looks really solid to me.

  • dunger.bob on March 16, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    I would have been happy to see Berendorf get a call up. I guess he might be a bit young and raw at this stage but I was impressed with him in the BBL. If they wanted 'like for like' he fits the bill. Quick left armer AND he's from WA to boot.

    I was also impressed with Muirhead. Cool as a cucumber and a BIG turner of the ball. It's only very early days for him but if he performs like I hope he will, old @CptMeanster might be forced to re-evaluate his opinion that we have no spinners. Wouldn't that be nice!

  • __PK on March 16, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Those making a big deal of the flat wickets need to ask themselves how much speed the wicket takes out of a 150km/h yorker aimed at an unpredictable point somewhere between the base of leg stump and 2 feet outside off when you need to smack it for six. I doubt Bollinger will play much, anyway. I don't rate him highly, but he's fast enough and has experience in these conditions in the shortest form. And the Australian squad is strong enough to win, but so much about T20 is a lottery.

  • thectexperience on March 16, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    As an Aussie fan I'm happy he's not going to be wasting his energies in a T20 tournament

  • DragonCricketer on March 16, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Go Doug the Rug ! He has been bowling well in Shield. (Now he cant play in this weeks final v WA.) :-( Pattison and others are in the wings but left arm fast bowlers add a bit of spice. He should celebrate with a new hair style. Maybe slip on a Chris Gayle wig. That would get the looks.

  • Chris_P on March 16, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    Spot on Meety. Starc has it over MJ with the white ball, & by a good margin. Have to laugh about those writing off the non Asian team chances. This game, (if we can call it that) is not about bowling but batting. And Australia's depth with hitters is right up there.

  • Rajeev129 on March 16, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Why not PAT CUMMINS, who is definitely the best bet against Bollinger in T20's.

  • on March 16, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Good news for other teams. MJ was on fire now a days. Big blow for Auses. Fan of my but my country first

  • ramz30380 on March 16, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    MJ will be missed by ppl like me who are waiting to see him perform when in full flow against top teams...

    All those who are claiming Aus to be weak - let me remind you... they arent... with or w/o MJ, they are a force...

    Only weakness that I see is their inexperience (barring Watson) to counter the spin friendly tracks of Bangladesh

    If they can counter the spinners effectively.. then they wud be gud.... coz B'desh wickets are not very flat like some roads in India...

  • Ali_Eorse on March 16, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Can we have the next Christmas (Dec. 2014) a Test Match: AUS versus rest of the world in AUS? I really want to see AUS #1 and Johnson bowling everyone out quickly. Can we have a Kerry Packer type match? AUS (#1) vs rest of the world in Melbourne or Sydney starting on the Boxing day?

  • on March 16, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    as mentioned in the article, Doug has quite good experience on subcontinent pitches.. ipl was a good medium for him.. he has a fair control on line and length and can deliver the ball with enough speed.. i think its a good swap for MJ, he could have made a major threat for English batsmen but then i'd say he should look foward to play his innings against Pakistan in coming october.. he'd b licking lips for some wickets there hope he recovers soon.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 16, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    That's a shame. Spin-friendly wickets or not, I'd have wagered Johnson in his current form to make significant impacts in this tournament. Forget just raw pace and aggression - Johnson has shown over the past months he has the guile and stamina to swing many games. Toe infections can be VERY nasty, and stubborn to clear up. I was once limping about for the best part of a month when suffering from an infected hair follicle on the small toe of my left foot. Excruciating pain, and rather sickening antibiotics. Rest up and good luck MJ!

  • Lakpj on March 16, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @Dirtysneakers Stark is good but is he a intimidating factor like Johnson is he? he is like Kulasekara for SL, he will always perform consistently but never be intimidated like Malinga or a Mendis. Anyway I think this could be the most openly contested WC in the recent history. Lot of teams have a good chance if they perform well.

  • EngineerKhan on March 16, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Bollinger is far better than Johnson in T20's. I have seen him extracting pace out of lifeless Dubai tracks and he bowls one,two "heavy-balls" in the over. Blessing in Disguise for Aussies

  • Dirtysneakers on March 16, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    @lakpj youre forgetting about mitchell starc. he is one of the best t20 bowlers in the world, if not. between him faulkner coulter-nile maxwell and hogg/muir i think we will manage. although it wouldve been great if johnson was fit as we all know how good hes been lately. anyway im looking forward to a great contest and lots of competitive cricket. all the best to every team

  • AH_USA on March 16, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    I have not followed Shaun Tait since the WC 2011. Even though he had the ability to bowl quite fast, I am not sure if he would be able to trouble batsmen on flat wickets in BAN. If the T20WC was held in ENG,AUS,SA or NZ, he would have been a good choice. I believe (I could be wrong though) that even in the WC 2011, he did not do that well.

  • on March 16, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    This is great news as we wouldn't have had Johnson and now we don't have to face bollinger. C'mon WA please win the final, we've had some embarrasing times (eg mickey arthur era) and its been soo long since we've tasted any succes(t20 doesn't count) can CA bring in clarke and smith please aswell :-)

  • Lakpj on March 16, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @wapuser Well I believe the Aussie bowling could be a worrying factor, without Johonson there is no bowler in this lineup whom the opposing batsmen can worry about. Batting looks great but if they fail to deliver it will be tough for the bowling to trouble the opposition batmen. Hogg bowled lot of short stuff against SA in that last T20 and SA batsmen failed to get most of them away. I doubt whether Indian and WI batsmen will miss-out on those.

  • Jagger on March 16, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    UsmanMuhammad on (March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT) - face saving is not a concept we westerners are beholden to. It is an Asian cross to bear. This has everything to do with making best use of available resources. GTG, time is money.

  • SamWintson92 on March 16, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    @ Nabeel Khan & @ Metty: Shaun Tait is still available to play for Australia in T20Is. If you remember correctly, he quit ODIs after WC 2011 but wanted to continue playing T20s (Including for Aus) & before that in 2010 he quit tests with no FC appearance since 2008. http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/708597.html

  • milepost on March 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @UsmanMuhammad, that is a truly poor comment. Johnson has been terrorising batsman on wickets everywhere, including the IPL. Have you heard of it? In case you haven't it is a short format tournament held in India each year.

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    It's a different format and the pitches in Bangladesh are unlikely to be as friendly as those in Australia or SA but I'll wager that there's a few batsmen breathing a big sigh of relief at this news.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 16, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Andrew Shulz, great cherry picking. Starc is probably the best short format pacer in the game. Check these T20 stats: Average 16.47, economy 6.07, strike rate 16.2. Yes, sixteen point two! Johnson is nowhere close. Still, he would have been handy.

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Warner, Finch, Watson, Hodge, Maxwell, Bailey, Haddin, Faulkner, Coulter-Nile, Starc, Hogg

    Best 11 we will have, all can pretty much bat. White the back up batsman, muirhead back up spin and dougy back up quick. Goodluck beating that side

  • on March 16, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Shaun Tait would had been a better replacement .. I dont think that bollinger will be effective on Asian pitches . Australia need a fast bowler who can bowl at 150 and above .

  • bjcm12 on March 16, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Nothing to worry - Aussies have so much talent - one go another will come.

  • din7 on March 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    this is big setback for aus...yuvi,raina might have taken sigh of relief.....for all those sayin johnson would had been no factor are amateur fans watchin cricket for 1st time his performance in IPL was a good enough to prove that...no1 is sayin hes goin to rout teams out but he would surely give them breakthroughs at imp times also such bowlers helps others get wickets thats big advantage..he can to be expensive but u have to take those risks...and the form hes currently in, his confidence would be sky high...all who analyse cricket well will agree it except those from asia who envy him are speakin senseless..thankfully aus have got a good replacement in doug hopefully he'll deliver like he did in IPL

  • siddhartha87 on March 16, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Starc and MJ would have been a great combo.

  • UsmanMuhammad on March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Good for him as face saver. He is no more than a fear factor on bowling friendly wickets. His bowling was going to be smacked all around the park in WT20 anyway.

  • Meety on March 16, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @Andrew-schulz on (March 16, 2014, 11:03 GMT) - you mention the Champ Trophy, yet Starc got a wicket & a created at least one chance from memory & my recollections (checked the scorecard) - MJ got no wickets & didnt bowl his full 10 overs. Hmmmm real conclusive! as for single handedly losing the match - how about this Warner 9, Watson 24 (off 40), Hughes 30 (off 55), Voges 15 (27), MMarsh 5 (12), Wade 1 hardly glowing contributions - from 6 of the top 7 batsmen! @AussiePhoenix on (March 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT) - Starc is already in the squad. @Nabeel Khan - Tait retired from International cricket a few years ago

  • cdhu on March 16, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    yay...i am happy for yuvi and raina..

  • Mitty2 on March 16, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanstar, and that's why we're favourites... No team has the form we have heading into this, what is it five wins in a row? We have one of the most destructive batting line ups and we still have a very good seam attack that we all just no that lovely India will crumble to. There's not many, if any, flaws in the team - and this is the format we don't even care about. For me the final will likely be between us and SL, with India no where near qualifying and under WI and Pak, so nice try.

  • on March 16, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Australia will win this tournament for sure they got fantastic batting line up good fast bowlers genuine allrounder in watto maxi faulkner and quality spinner in brad hogg and not to forget james murihead he would be the suprise package mighty aussies will rule this tournament make no mistake.

  • Meety on March 16, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @andrew-schulz on (March 16, 2014, 11:03 GMT) - i dont care about the ratings - Starc swings the ball more & takes more wickets than MJ in ODIs/T20s - period. Any cursory glance of their stats back that up. Starc is on track (assuming form is maintained) to be the greatest strike bowler in ODIs EVER! "....Starc single-handedly wrecked his team's chances at the ICC Trophy with a truly pathetic performance against England, and has played little since..." - how about a last start man of the match award?????? 2/16 off 4 overs? How about these apples 1. Career ODI S/Rate of 23.6 (if he maintains this trend for 21 more overs he will have the SECOND BEST S/R of all time for bowlers to have bowled 1,000 ODI balls). 2. MJ has a S/R of almost 32 (very good but inferior). 3. Their economies are similar. 4. Starc's ave is 6 runs per wicket better. 5. Starc has superior S/Rate, economy & average than MJ in T20s. That = BETTER white ball bowler than MJ!

  • Jagger on March 16, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    @ Wapuser - Warner, Finch, Bailey, Watson, Maxwell, Faulkner, Haddin, are certainties. The "balance" will come from 4 of either Starc, Coulter-Nile, Hodge, Hogg, Muirhead or White and the cover are Christian and Bollinger who may play against the minnow in game four. Starc, Hodge and a spinner are most likely to make up 3 of the remaining 4 positions with Coulter-nile (pace), White (Batting) and the remaining spinner will be dependent on what is happening with the pitches and the ball.

    Delighted to see CA has its head in the right place and rested Johnson and replaced him with Starc in this tournament. A genuinely positive move for the greater good of Australian cricket. History will look down favourably, as opposed to those who have invested far too heavily in T20 at the expense of Tests.

  • on March 16, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    That is a bad news. We wanted to see Johnson in world cup. Where is Shaun Tait by the way?

  • AussiePhoenix on March 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - WRONG. Oz will make it to the final at least. Like a few others posting here, I'm not sure MJ was the best selection anyway, not being renowned for his control/economy. That has increased importance in short form. So his non-selection won't make Oz any less competitive. I'm surprised that Mitchell Starc wasn't the next pick, unless he is already in there.

  • andrew-schulz on March 16, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Great news forNSW for the shield final...seriously, watching this first game, how did Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in the Asia cup? About as baffling as Meety's assessment of Starc and Johnson with the white ball. Johnson was three points away from world number one before his recent injury, produced bowling far above what Starc is capable of in both India and England, while Starc single-handedly wrecked his team's chances at the ICC Trophy with a truly pathetic performance against England, and has played little since. Go figure.wapuser, it's an infection, nothing like a break down.

  • Sachin.johnson on March 16, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Once again, a smart selection. doug bollinger is familiar than any other aussie quicks in subcontinent conditions. Hope faulkner will fit for wt20. he is a key player in no8.

  • gerachi on March 16, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Not a chance of happening. But Mitch J should play for WA in the final this week. I wonder who would start favorites then...

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 16, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    With that goes their chances of winning the tournament. In fact, looking at the amount of spin and bounce the spinners are getting so far in the first match of the tournament, NONE of the non-Asian teams have a chance. AUS, SA, ENG and NZ can all book early flights back home. Neither of those teams have quality spinners nor do any of their batsmen can play spin.

  • kensohatter on March 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    As an Australian this is good news. As a New South Welshman its not. Johnson needs a rest. His form was slipping in SA and 20/20 is hardly going to improve that. Bollinger was due to play in the sheffield shield final for nsw so sucks he has to go over as cover for a stupid 20/20 tourney but lucky we will prob have clarke and henriques back

  • on March 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Am surprised Mitch was picked in the first place. Not because of his ability but the poor guy has played a lot of test cricket. He honestly is 33 this year .Hope its not serious .Has finally started fulfilling his potential and now if he breaks down it'll be hard to come back. Starc Faulkner and hard hitting batsman are more than enough .Mitch won't be missed .They could have given a go to Cummins or Hazelwood or pattinson rather than Mitch/Doug .Aus have too many quality fast men and an Aussie seamer does not really have to play all three formats. Aus still favourites .I would love Hogg to be among the wickets even Muirhead might play a significant role u never know. So they could go in with 2 spinners Watson who is the best allrounder in limited overs (especially T20.

  • Meety on March 16, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    @No_1_again on (March 16, 2014, 9:56 GMT) - I think you are spot on with why the selectors when with Bollinger. Whether that is the right choice is another mater. I think it is moot anyways - Starc is a better bowler than MJ with a white ball.

  • No_1_again on March 16, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I think the selectors know what they are doing. Doug has IPL experience that gives him an edge over Bird or Pattinson when you consider the tournament is held in sub-continent. Bird and Patttinson may haven been considered if the tournament is held in AUS/SA/ENG.

  • kohli_kuttu on March 16, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    well he would've been useless anyways. What are the odds that aus gonna win the cup with or without johnson,ZERO.LOL. let Aussies go play the dying breed of cricket which is obviously Tests!

  • vrkp on March 16, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Great news for Yuvi and Raina :)

  • on March 16, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Good for india

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 16, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Why not replace 2nd fastest with fastest-the 'wild Tait'?Would've been like for like swap.Well almost-Mitch only bowls @ around150!And yes he-Tait-slings them with right arm of course.His express new ball swingers,toe crushers would've been unplayable.

  • on March 16, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    oh well. thats a big blow - Mitch J's been fantastic even in the subcontinental "rolled mud" pitches. Huge huge blow. Aussies drop from favorites to perhaps the 3rd in the pecking order. However unfortunate, this solves a selection headache for the panel - with Mitch S and Faulkner Australia already do have 2 quality left armers. Coulter-Nile now will fill the final fast bowling birth.. Dont expect Bollinger to play a single game...

  • pvck on March 16, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    What do we need another left-arm option, Faulkner and Starc are two of the best left-arm pace bowlers in short form cricket in the world. Jackson Bird has earned a shot in T20 cricket, or at least another young player.

  • Master_Mihil on March 16, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Bad news for aussies. You can kiss the cup good bye.. Aussies are not favorites any more...

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 16, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Jackson Bird is unlucky to miss out, given his recent good T20 form; but overall Bird has not done well at T20 level, while Bollinger has a seriously amazing T20 record, who is also a proven international performer. I am sure that it would have been a tough choice between the two but I had picked Bollinger in my team. That being said, neither Bird nor Bollinger have that killer instinct that Johnson had and therefore Australia will be missing that special something to win those tight matches. Losing the best bowler in the world is always going to be tough and it will be that much harder for Australia in this tournament now that Johnson is ruled out. If Australia can win the tournament without their best player, then they well and truly deserve it.

  • on March 16, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    If they wanted an awkward customer who can bowl with some heat than why not Dirk Nannes? Fairs fair though, Douggie has had a pretty good summer. I wouldn't read too much into T20 stats over just a handful of games, he has been bowling well and is a mature cricketer with a game unlikely to break down under pressure.

    In any case Mitch Starc is by far our best T20 bowler and Douggie is unlikely to play. I don't see them changing the bowling attack from what we saw in SA now.

  • SamWintson92 on March 16, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Johnson with his red hot form & man extreme pace of high 90 mph definitely would have a huge threat. Bollinger isn't the right choice as replacement. Many pacers are way ahead of him in the ladder. To be frank, I'm quite surprised with Bollinger's inclusion. It's not that he's bad but his form hasn't been upto his standard & others have performed better than him. I'm giving some options who should have been considered:

    Cameron Gannon - Leading wicket taker of Big Bash 2013/14 Josh Hazzlewood - 3rd leading wicket taker in this big bash. Has a 4 for vs Eng in a T20 this Aussie summer. Jackson Bird - 4th leading wicket taker in this big bash. Pattrick Cummins - Has speed with X factor. Just returned from injury in the big bash. James Pattinson - Took wickets in his short big bash stint after injury lay off. Ryan Harris - Not fit right now I guess after knee surgery Peter Siddle - I'll put Siddle ahead of Bollinger. Took 3 wickets in his only big bash match this season.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 16, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    This is good, Johnson needs a rest. A good opportunity for others to step up in his absence and show even without Mitch, AUS are still competitive, however, Bollinger is an interesting choice.

  • Seers on March 16, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Bollinger is the best left arm fast bowler available and has a great record in the sub-continent. Very good choice.

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    he is now injured, when he comes back into the squad he will be rubbish again. Mitchell Starc is the best replacement and he is already in BD so Australia won't mind

  • PrasPunter on March 16, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Well, we lost Shane Warne before the 2003 WC and Brett Lee before the 2007 edition. Will there be a recurrence ?

  • Dangertroy on March 16, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Not a huge loss, as Australia have won their last five t20s without him. But what is it with him and toe injuries in South Africa? I'm fairly sure it was a toe injury after the 2011 tour that kept him out of the test side.

  • Mitty2 on March 16, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Really. Whilst we've all loved our resurgence, we're still absolute - I won't say it completely here - idiots with selection. We all love Boof, but his knowledge of effective quicks can only possibly be limited. His "we only want bowlers bowling over 140km/h" was/is a stupid comment/insight and looks like we're going to have to suffer the consequences of having the likes of 10 an over Bollinger/Pattinson over the more effective - in both wicket taking ability and economy - likes of Sayers and Bird.

    Compare the stats, Bollinger took six wickets at an average of 44.66 and an economy rate of 7.65 in the BBL. Bird played 7 matches, took 13 wickets with a best of 4/31 and an economy of 6.71 at an average of 14.46.

    44.66 vs 14.46. Yes, Bollinger bowls a single kilometre quicker. Get him in quick, he's far better than those who average 30 runs less than him per wicket. Lehmann should be bypassed when it comes to selecting quicks. Dougy will be hammered..

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    But Zachary, Bollinger bowled really really well in the bbl aswell, not sure what his figures were but every time I saw him bowl it was threatening. You'd probably pick Bollinger outright. But yes fair point about not picking left armers for the sake of it. I reckon Faulkner is an average bowler and needs to work on a few things, he is a very good batter though.

  • JasonG_123 on March 16, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    I must say Bollinger is an odd choice for a replacement. Would have preferred Pattinson or Bird.

  • dunger.bob on March 16, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ Zachary Cooper : I can't answer your question because I don't know. One thing I do know is that we could do a lot worse than Bird. .. Still, Dougie has been bowling beautifully this year. It's not that they're calling him in simply because he's a cackie hander. He's in good form, which is at least sensible.

  • Masking_Tape on March 16, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Oh man! He's in top form! I was looking forward to seeing him!

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Perhaps since Johnson has been so successful it must mean that all left arm fast men in Australia are good. After all, Harris, Pattinson and Siddle don't even get a mention.

  • eZoha on March 16, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Do they test doping or use of PED during World T20?

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    I think Hopes/Cutting/Hazelwood would've been better replacement options; given that Starc is avaiable he's effectively a like-for-like replacement for Johnson and the others are in far better form than Dougie.

  • D-Train on March 16, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Bollinger? All the young fast bowling talent and you pick a bloke who had a terrible BBL? What about hazlewood or Hastings? Even Jackson bird would be better.

  • on March 16, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Since johnson is doubtful, what is the problem with bringing in a right handed bowler instead of Bollinger considering u already have faulkner and starc in the squad as left arm seamers. I would bring in someone like Gannon, bird or pattinson who performed well in the recent big bash

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  • on March 16, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Since johnson is doubtful, what is the problem with bringing in a right handed bowler instead of Bollinger considering u already have faulkner and starc in the squad as left arm seamers. I would bring in someone like Gannon, bird or pattinson who performed well in the recent big bash

  • D-Train on March 16, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Bollinger? All the young fast bowling talent and you pick a bloke who had a terrible BBL? What about hazlewood or Hastings? Even Jackson bird would be better.

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    I think Hopes/Cutting/Hazelwood would've been better replacement options; given that Starc is avaiable he's effectively a like-for-like replacement for Johnson and the others are in far better form than Dougie.

  • eZoha on March 16, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Do they test doping or use of PED during World T20?

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Perhaps since Johnson has been so successful it must mean that all left arm fast men in Australia are good. After all, Harris, Pattinson and Siddle don't even get a mention.

  • Masking_Tape on March 16, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Oh man! He's in top form! I was looking forward to seeing him!

  • dunger.bob on March 16, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ Zachary Cooper : I can't answer your question because I don't know. One thing I do know is that we could do a lot worse than Bird. .. Still, Dougie has been bowling beautifully this year. It's not that they're calling him in simply because he's a cackie hander. He's in good form, which is at least sensible.

  • JasonG_123 on March 16, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    I must say Bollinger is an odd choice for a replacement. Would have preferred Pattinson or Bird.

  • on March 16, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    But Zachary, Bollinger bowled really really well in the bbl aswell, not sure what his figures were but every time I saw him bowl it was threatening. You'd probably pick Bollinger outright. But yes fair point about not picking left armers for the sake of it. I reckon Faulkner is an average bowler and needs to work on a few things, he is a very good batter though.

  • Mitty2 on March 16, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Really. Whilst we've all loved our resurgence, we're still absolute - I won't say it completely here - idiots with selection. We all love Boof, but his knowledge of effective quicks can only possibly be limited. His "we only want bowlers bowling over 140km/h" was/is a stupid comment/insight and looks like we're going to have to suffer the consequences of having the likes of 10 an over Bollinger/Pattinson over the more effective - in both wicket taking ability and economy - likes of Sayers and Bird.

    Compare the stats, Bollinger took six wickets at an average of 44.66 and an economy rate of 7.65 in the BBL. Bird played 7 matches, took 13 wickets with a best of 4/31 and an economy of 6.71 at an average of 14.46.

    44.66 vs 14.46. Yes, Bollinger bowls a single kilometre quicker. Get him in quick, he's far better than those who average 30 runs less than him per wicket. Lehmann should be bypassed when it comes to selecting quicks. Dougy will be hammered..