Australia have omitted Mitchell Johnson for the first Test against Sri Lanka

Last Updated: 13/12/12 9:15am

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Mitchell Johnson: Has been dropped for the first Test against Sri Lanka

Mitchell Johnson: Has been dropped for the first Test against Sri Lanka

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Mitchell Johnson has been dropped by Australia for the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval.

Johnson had claimed six wickets in the final Test against South Africa - his first appearance from Australia in a year.

However Johnson will take on the 12th man duties, with Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and Ben Hilfenhaus making up the pace attack.

Nathan Lyon will provide the spinning option, while Phil Hughes returns to the Test side in place of the now-retired Ricky Ponting.

"Obviously a tough selection getting 12 down to 11, especially with the way that Mitchell bowled in Perth, but this is the team we've selected for this test match," said captain Michael Clarke.

"At the end of the day you've got to do what's best for the Australian team, you have to pick the best 11 players to help you win the Test match.

"It's a nice problem to have when you've got 12 players that really want to play and have performed well, but unfortunately someone has to miss.

"Mitchell will be fine, he'll have to work hard and wait for another opportunity and try to grab it with both hands."

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus

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