Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is set to be a spectator during the second Ashes Test match against England at Adelaide after captain Ricky Ponting revealed he had been released from the squad.
Here, he looks on as one of the players fighting for his place in the team, Doug Bollinger, bowls during practice at the Adelaide Oval. Ryan Harris, the other man to be called up following the first match, is also in contention for a recall as Ben Hilfenhaus's place comes under scrutiny.
Johnson's omission comes as no surprise following a return of 0-170 in the drawn opener at Brisbane and although he has a fine record in Australia, his record against England is poor:
Mitchell Johnson v England
20 wickets @ 41.05 - best of 5-69
Mitchell Johnson in Australia
84 wickets @ 23.26 - best of 8-61
Mitchell Johnson overall career
166 wickets @ 30.08 - best of 8-61
Hilfenhaus, meanwhile, has a better record against England but is relatively inexperienced in Test matches in Australia and his career record is also inferior to Johnson's:
Ben Hilfenhaus v England
23 wickets @ 32.43 - best of 4-60
Ben Hilfenhaus in Australia
6 wickets @ 35.33 - best of 3-20
Ben Hilfenhaus overall career49 wickets @ 33.32 - best of 4-57
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