Johnson earns Ashes shot
New Delhi - Australia have recalled paceman Mitchell Johnson from the tour of
India to help him prepare for his Ashes selection, the country's cricket
board said on Thursday.
The left-arm pace bowler, who turns 32 on
Saturday, will miss the seventh and final ODI against India after
his impressive performance on the sub-continent's flat tracks.
has performed very well in India, however, we believe it is best for
his preparation ahead of a busy summer to have him return home to
increase his bowling loads in preparation for the Ashes Test window,"
Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance Pat Howard said
in a statement.
Johnson is expected to join Peter Siddle and Ryan
Harris in the Australian attack for the first test against England
starting at Gabba on November 21 after missing out on the Ashes tour of
England earlier this year.
The bowler with a heavily-tattooed arm
cannot take his Ashes place for granted with fellow left-armer Doug
Bollinger pushing his case by claiming six wickets for New South Wales
in the Sheffield Shield opener against Tasmania on Thursday.