Johnson bolsters Australia

Hosts shuffle squad ahead of Perth one-dayer

Last Updated: 28/01/10 5:55pm

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Johnson: rested and raring

Johnson: rested and raring

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Australia welcome back Mitchell Johnson as they look to maintain their dominance over Pakistan in Friday's fourth one-day international in Perth.

Australia v Pakistan, 4th ODI
Fri, 4.30am, Sky Sports 1

Pace spearhead Johnson was rested for the first three games of the five-match series, although he was not missed with Australia opening a 3-0 lead.

The Queenslander returns in place of fellow left-armer Doug Bollinger, who now takes a break under the selectors' rotation policy.

All-rounder Shane Watson is also being rested for the final two matches, James Hopes and Adam Voges are vying to take his place.

Queensland paceman Ryan Harris, making just his second appearance, bowled Australia to a 40-run win in Adelaide on Tuesday with figures of 5-43 but may lose his place if, as expected, Peter Siddle recovers from a sore back in time.


With the series already lost, Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf is likely playing for his future in the role.

Yousuf's on-field leadership has failed to impress throughout the tour, which began with a 3-0 Test whitewash.

Teenage paceman Mohammad Aamer will again miss out with a groin problem but Rao Iftikhar and Khalid Latif, the only members of the tourists' 17-man squad yet to be given a run out, could feature.

Australia (from): R Ponting (capt), M Clarke, B Haddin (wkt), R Harris, N Hauritz, J Hopes, M Hussey, M Johnson, S Marsh, C McKay, P Siddle, A Voges, C White

Pakistan (from): M Yousuf (capt), S Butt, I Farhat, U Akmal, K Akmal (wkt), S Ajmal, M Asif, U Gul, S Malik, M Aamer, S Ahmed (wkt), F Alam, Y Khan, S Afridi, R Iftikhar, K Latif, Naved-ul-Hasan

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