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Mitchell Johnson likely to quit T20s, ODIs to stay fit for Ashes 2015

Mitchell Johnson missed the ICC World T20 2014 due to a toe infection © Getty Images
Mitchell Johnson missed the ICC World T20 2014 due to a toe infection © Getty Images

Apr 15, 2014

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has set his eyes on staying fit for Ashes 2015 and is reconsidering his participation in the shorter formats for Australia. Johnson, who missed the ICC World T20 2014 due to a toe infection mentioned that T20 is anyway not his favourite format and would rather sacrifice it for Test cricket.

“I think I’ve got to be a lot smarter now.  Twenty20 cricket you don’t play a lot of anyway, it just happened at this time there was a World Cup straight after the South Africa series which I was looking forward to being involved in before I got injured. Twenty20, I will quite happily say, is not my favourite format – I would rather play Test cricket. And maybe one-day cricket I have to look at as well,” Johnson was quoted as saying by the official website of Cricket Australia.

Johnson, however is hopeful of making it to the World squad to be held at home next year. “I’d like to win a World Cup – I’ve been involved in the West Indies in 2007 which was a well-paid holiday apparently. And while it was tough work, the campaign we went through, it was a good place to be and a great experience. So I would love to be a part of Australia’s 2015 World Cup and I certainly think we’ve got the team to win it.

“We’ve played some really good one-day cricket and given that it’s being played at home, it would be a great opportunity. But my main goal now is to get to that 2015 Ashes series in England, so I’ll be doing everything I can to reach that goal,” said Johnson.

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