September 23, 2017

Doug Bollinger replaces Mitchell Johnson for Adelaide Test

Mitchell the Mo out for Doug the Rug. Mitch's Mo is somewhere between Zorro and porn star and is really hard to categorize.

Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has been replaced by Doug Bollinger for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide starting tomorrow.

Ben Hilfenhaus is battling a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Ryan Harris who is on the comeback from knee surgery.

Johnson’s axing was highly likely after a less than flattering 0-170 in Brisbane. He seemed to be having trouble holding the shape of his delivery action together. It certainly wasn’t as fluid as it normally is.

Of course the real reason he is not playing is because of the crazy moustache he was sporting for Movember. Please tell me he was growing it for charity and it is not part of his new look.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch is understood to have told Johnson he would be dropped for the second Test at training in Adelaide yesterday.

So it is back to Sheffield Shield cricket for last seasons ICC world cricketer of the year. Johnson will be hoping for some wickets for Western Australia to make him look attractive to the selectors ahead the third Ashes Test in Perth.

England batsman Jonathan Trott said the side had made a point of ignoring Johnson’s wider offerings, which so often in his early career yielded wickets to the slips cordon.

”I think that’s generally the idea in Test cricket; you don’t want to be playing where you don’t need to be,” Trott said. ”There’s no huge urgency on run rate, and although it’s good to have a positive mindset, you want to be playing in your areas of strength where you know you can score and are confident.”

Yeah talk tough now Mr. Trott, but lets see you against Mitchell Johnson on a deck that offers something to the bowler. His yorker gets just as many wickets as the wide bait he offers.

Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has also declared himself fit and over his back problems from Brisbane. Yes and I declare myself fit and sporting an unusually muscular fat free body. Both Michael and I are probably some way off the mark in our personal assessments. But hey this is cricket and a gentlemans word about his fitness is good enough.

Apparently Jesse Ryder is fit too. That large growth in his midriff is just a trick of the light. If he wasn’t playing cricket he would be on the World Grand Prix athletics circuit. Oh thats right he isn’t playing cricket. Usain Bolt look out, the ‘night Ryder’ is coming to run you down – probably in his Holden Commodore.