Johnson To Miss Twenty20 Series

Mitchell Johnson celebrates with Nathan Lyon
Mitchell Johnson (left) will be rested from the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa
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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will return home to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, missing the three-match series in South Africa.

All-rounder Moises Henriques will remain in South Africa and join the Twenty20 squad as Johnson's replacement.

"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," coach Darren Lehmann said.

"He will link back up with the squad in Bangladesh ahead the ICC World Twenty20," he added.

Australia play South Africa in three Twenty20 Internationals on 9th, 12th and 14th March. The first two matches will be played in Port Elizabeth and Durban before the final match at Centurion.

After the series, both sides head to Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20, where Australia begin their campaign against Pakistan on 23rd March.

Johnson took 37 wickets during the Ashes, leading Australia to a 5-0 series win and followed that up with 22 wickets in the three Tests against South Africa.

Australia won the series 2-1.

Australia Twenty20 International squad: George Bailey (captain), Aaron Finch (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), Cameron White

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Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets