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Oz selectors recall Johnson for England tour

May 10, 2012 - Sydney

Mitchell Johnson has been recalled to the Australian team for the one-day tour of England and Ireland in June and July.

Johnson last represented Australia when he guided them to victory with the bat against South Africa in the second Test in Johannesburg last November.

He missed the remainder of the summer with a foot injury, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Johnson is one of six pacemen picked including veteran Brett Lee, and young fast bowlers Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson.

Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said Johnson's recall is part of Australia's preparations for the World Twenty20 championships in Sri Lanka this September.

"Mitchell Johnson has also been included in this ODI squad. He, also, is in strong contention for the ICC World Twenty20 and needs to be in the set-up and have some quality competitive cricket leading into this. The NSP [National Selection Panel] is looking forward to Mitchell being reinvigorated after being out of the game for six months," Inverarity said in a statement.

NSW all-rounder Steve Smith has also been rewarded with a recall for his good form.

ODI squad to tour UK: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (vc), George Bailey, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhau, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner.


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