Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will miss the World Twenty20 tournament because of a toe infection.

Cricket Australia announced on Sunday that Johnson’s place in the Australian squad will be taken by Doug Bollinger.

“Mitchell had a cut on his right big toe after the 3rd Test against South Africa, which became infected when he returned home,” Cricket Australia chief medical officer 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.”

National Selector John Inverarity said it was a setback for Australia, which has never won the World T20 event.

“This is disappointing news as it was anticipated that Mitch would have a significant impact with his pace and menace,” Inverarity said. “Doug Bollinger ... 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.”

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