Johnson in doubt for Sydney

2015-01-03 07:36
Mitchell Johnson (AP Photo)

Sydney - Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson missed training on Saturday citing hamstring soreness, throwing into question whether he will be fit for the fourth and final Test against India, reports said.

Johnson, 33, has bowled long spells during the first three Tests against India, and has said he is hoping for a more responsive pitch in the fourth which begins in Sydney on Tuesday.

"Definitely, all us bowlers feel like we need to have a bit of a freshen up," he said on Friday. "So we'll just see what happens after this match here.

"And then we've got some tri-series one-dayers, so hopefully I can get a bit of a break at some stage there."

Johnson missed a training session with the rest of the team on Saturday, Australian Associated Press reported, adding that he had stayed instead at their hotel for treatment.

Australia's squad includes fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle as potential back-up pace bowlers -- along with Ryan Harris and Josh Hazlewood.

Harris has said he is planning on playing in Sydney, and if Johnson is rested he could be replaced by Starc.

"We haven't trained for a couple of days, so I am raring to get out there today and in the next couple of days, in order to get myself best prepared for this Test," Starc said Saturday.

"I guess it (selection) depends on the fitness of other blokes and how they have pulled up from last week."

"The decision isn't up to me, but If I am called up this week I will be ready."

Australia regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Tuesday after India hung on for a tense draw in the third Test in Melbourne. Australia won the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Read more on:    india  |  australia  |  mitchell johnson  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.