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Mitchell Johnson Out Of Sydney Test

Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon
Mitchell Johnson (left) will miss the Sydney Test
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Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney, which begins on Tuesday 6th January, due to hamstring soreness.

Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Johnson began to struggle with his right hamstring during the third Test, which was drawn in Melbourne.

Australia are 2-0 up in the series and by resting him from the final game of the series, they expect him to be fully fit in time for the One-Day International tri-series against England and India which serves as final preparation for the Cricket World Cup.

"Mitchell is an important part of our plans for the remainder of our summer and we want him 100 per-cent right so won’t be taking any risks with him," head coach Darren Lehmann said.

"We believe it is best for Mitchell to take this opportunity to freshen up and get his body fully fit ahead of the Tri Series."

Johnson has taken 13 wickets at an average of 35.54 in the series so far, also weighing in with 133 runs including a half-century in Brisbane.

Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, right-arm quick Peter Siddle and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will be considered as his replacement with Starc looking most likely to return to the side.

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