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Mitchell Johnson Calls Time on BBL Career, To Focus on T10 League

Cricketnext Staff |July 25, 2018, 8:39 AM IST
Mitchell Johnson Calls Time on BBL Career, To Focus on T10 League

New Delhi: Mitchell Johnson will not be a part of the Big Bash League as the fast bowler called time on his BBL career. The fast bowler will not be a part of the Perth Scorchers this season and will be looking to play in the 10-over tournament to be played in the UAE during the same period.

"The intensity and length of the BBL is just too much for someone who will be 37 at the start of the summer," Johnson's manager, Sam Halvorsen, told The West Australian newspaper.

"Mitch has put his name up for the Emirates tournament in Dubai, but that is half the length of the BBL."

Cricket Australia on Wednesday announced an expanded season for the next edition of the BBL, starting in December. The final will be played in February. There will be 59 matches played in total, with each side playing each other twice (home and away) during the regular season. Each team will play 14 matches before the final stage of the tournament begins.

The season will also see BBL matches being played at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast for the first time, just a month after the venue plays host to its first international T20 between Australia and South Africa.

Johnson had been on a year-by-year contract with the Scorchers. Shane Watson, Chris Lynn, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin have already been selected in this week's "mini-draft" in Dubai for the T10 tournament and the fast bowler is among the pool of players for the main draft on September 2.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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