Johnson Rested For Opening ODI

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson will be rested for the first One-Day International against England in Melbourne
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After taking 37 wickets to help Australia win The Ashes against England, Mitchell Johnson is to take a break and miss the first One-Day International in Melbourne.

Cricket Australia will also look to rest other players that were involved in the 5-0 series in over England and Johnson will join up with the squad ahead of the second match in Brisbane on 17th January.

"Mitch has had a brilliant summer with the Test side and while he is a crucial member of the ODI squad it is important that he has a bit of a break now," National Selection Panel Chairman John Inverarity said.
"The NSP will be looking to provide a break, also, for most of the players in the ODI Squad who played in the Tests against England."

The players involved in the ODI squad will not be available to play for their KFC Big Bash Twenty20 teams from 9th January while Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon (from 10th January), Ryan Harris (from 18th January) and Peter Siddle (from 22nd January) will also be rested following The Ashes.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts the first of five ODIs on Sunday 12th January.

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Fixtures & Results

12th January: 1st ODI, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 270-4 beat ENG 269-7 by 6 wickets
17th January: 2nd ODI, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 301-9 beat ENG 300-8 by 1 wicket
19th January: 3rd ODI, S.C.G, Sydney
AUS 244-3 beat ENG 243-9 by 7 wickets
24th January: 4th ODI, WACA, Perth
ENG 316-8 beat AUS 259 by 57 runs
26th January: 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 217-9 beat ENG 212 by 5 runs
29th January: 1st T20I, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
AUS 213-4 beat ENG 200-9 by 13 runs
31st January: 2nd T20I, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 131-2 beat ENG 130-9 by 8 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
AUS 195-6 beat ENG 111 by 84 runs

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