Johnson in from the cold

May 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Those who planning to check out the live cricket online this Summer may notice the presence of Mitchell Johnson, who has been brought back from the international cold for the ODI games against Ireland and England in June and July with a ringing endorsement from chairman of selectors John Inverarity.

The 30-year-old, who missed the home summer because of a toe injury, has been told he is in contention to figure in the ICC T20 World Cup in September in Sri Lanka.

Seasoned observers had questioned whether or not the 47-Test former ICC international player of the year was a fading light at the top level, having seen youngsters like James Pattinson move ahead of him in an exciting new pecking order.

Pattinson has been included in the 15-man ODI squad but a back problem remains a concern and fellow pace bowler Pat Cummins is carrying a heel injury.

Johnson has also been named in an Australia A squad of 17 led by Test opener Ed Cowan for two four-day games against the England Lions in August. It promises to be an unpredictable Summer for the Aussies and it’ll be interesting to see how the cricket betting patterns pan out.

“Mitch is very much in our sights for the ICC T20 World Cup (in September in Sri Lanka),” Inverarity said.

“We’ll see how he goes in the nets and in the initial three matches before the ODI series and we’ve got plenty of back-up there.”

Inverarity said Townsville-born left-hander Johnson still had a chance of making the Ashes squad against old rivals England in 2013.

“Mitchell Johnson is a fine cricketer with a very good record (190 wickets at 31.29) so we’re hoping that he comes back,” he added.

Australia 15-man squad:

Michael Clarke (capt), Shane Watson, George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner.


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