Johnson Fit For IPL Duty

Mitchell Johnson
Kings XI Punjab have been given a boost wih the news that Mitchell Johnson is fit for the IPL
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been passed fit ahead of the Indian Premier League 2014, where he will play for the Kings XI Punjab.

The left-armer missed out on the ICC World Twenty20 with a toe infection, which has now cleared up.

"Mitchell Johnson has been cleared to resume playing duties after recovering from an infection in his right leg that ruled him out of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh," a statement from Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed.

"Johnson’s next playing commitment is with Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. The tournament starts in the UAE next Wednesday, 16 April."

Kings XI open their campaign on 18th April when they take on two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.

Johnson has previously played for the Mumbai Indians but was picked up by Kings XI at the auction ahead of this year for US$ 1.1 million.

He has been in outstanding form this season, helping Australia regain the Ashes with a 5-0 clean sweep by taking 37 wickets and then led the way in South Africa, picking up 22 wickets as Australia won a three-match Test series 2-1.

In 56 Twenty20 matches, Johnson has taken 66 wickets at an economy rate of 7.35 playing for Queensland, Mumbai Indians, Australia and Australia 'A'.

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