Melbourne, Mar 16 IBNS | 5 months ago

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with an infected toe, the Cricket Australia (CA) said on Sunday


Fast-bowler Doug Bollinger has been called into the squad as Johnson's replacement.

CA Chief Medical Officer, Justin Paoloni told the board's website: "Mitchell had a cut on his right big toe after the 3rdTest against South Africa which became infected when he returned home to Australia after the series. 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," Paoloni said.

National Selector John Inverarity said: "Unfortunately Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20. This is disappointing news as it was anticipated that Mitch would have a significant impact with his pace and menace."

"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," Inverarity said.

(Posted on 16-03-2014)