Paceman Mitchell Johnson has been left out of the Australian team for Friday’s opening Test against Sri Lanka with Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle returning to bolster the side.
The 31-year-old left-armer, who has 196 wickets in 48 Tests, missed out despite taking six wickets against South Africa in Perth last week. Australia go into the series opener against Sri Lanka in Hobart with a three-prong pace attack of Hilfenhaus, Siddle and left-armer Mitchell Starc, supplemented by Shane Watson’s swing and spinner Nathan Lyon. “Mitchell Johnson will be 12th man tomorrow,” Clarke said Thursday. “Obviously, it was a tough decision, trying to cut 12 down to 11 and especially the way Johnson played in Perth, but for this Test match this is the 11 we have selected. Mitchell Starc has been in the queue for a while now and I thought he came in and did a good job in Perth,” he said.AFP