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The Australian think-tank has decided to give Mitchell Johnson a rest following his recent exploits against England and South Africa © AFP


Mar 6, 2014


Fiery Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson will take no further part in the tour of South Africa and will miss his side’s three-match Twenty20 series against the Proteas, announced Cricket Australia’s (CA) National Selection Panel on Thursday.


Moises Henriques has been drafted in place of Johnson, who probably has been rested following Australia’s successful win in the three-match Test series against the Rainbow Nation, confirmed


When queried about Johnson being rested for the T20’s against South Africa, coach Darren Lehmann replied:” Mitch has had a very long summer and we think he will benefit from returning home for a few days of rest with his family where he can freshen up.”


“He will link back up with the squad in Bangladesh ahead the ICC World Twenty20,” added Lehmann.


Johnson has had a terrific summer so far for Australia when he played chief role in his side’s 5-0 thrashing of England in the 2013-14 Ashes series, picking up 37 wickets in the process.


Johnson also had a great series against the Proteas when he finished with 22 wickets and remained his side’s highest wicket-taker in the series.