19 Mar 2014

Australia attack potent enough without Johnson?

5:56 am on 19 March 2014

Australia Twenty/20 cricket captain George Bailey concedes they'll miss injured paceman Mitchell Johnson but he's convinced their bowling attack remains potent enough to help them win a maiden World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh.

The left-arm quick has been in the form of his life, bowling Australia to an Ashes whitewash of bitter rivals England followed by an impressive performance in the subsequent test series victory in South Africa.

A toe infection, however, means Australia will miss Johnson's unnerving pace and the disconcerting bounce he generates from difficult angles as they bid for the only major cricket trophy to have eluded them.

Fellow left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger has been called up as Johnson's replacement and Bailey backed him to be a success in Bangladesh.