It’s official – the hapless Mitchell Johnson, owner of cricket’s least awe-inspiring moustache, has been dropped for the Adelaide test.
You’d have thought a few English batsmen would have done the decent thing, and got out to him on Monday, just to keep him in the side. But no. Selfish gits.
“I was a little out of form in the last Test, so there’s a bit of work for me to do”, Johnson said today, in one of the great understatements of the series so far. “It’s obviously disappointing but it’s not the end of the world. We still have a lot of Tests to go in this series and I’m going to be working my way back into this team and hopefully play a big part.”
The Australian selectors have not yet announced which of Ryan Harris or Doug Bollinger will take Johnson’s place. From England’s point of view, Bollinger seems the more potent, but is also more of a known quantity. Either way, England score a moral victory for flaying Australia’s spearhead not just out of the attack, but out of the side altogether.
Meanwhile, BBC Online reports rumous that Ajmal Shahzad might replace Stephen Finn in the England XI for the test, which begins at midnight tonight, UK time. The apparent thinking is that Shahzad’s powers of reverse-swing could just tip the balance on what’s expected to be a very flat pitch.