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Johnson concern for Australia

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is a doubt for the early stages of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The 32-year-old is unlikely to travel with the rest of the squad as he requires further treatment on a toe problem.

Johnson suffered a cut to his toe during the third Test victory in South Africa, and the wound then became infected.

The speedster is being treated in Perth, and Cricket Australia's chief medical officer, associate professor Justin Paoloni, believes his arrival in Bangladesh could be delayed.

Paoloni told www.cricket.com.au: "Mitch has been home in Perth recovering from the Test series against South Africa but has developed an infection as a result of a cut he had on his right big toe after the third Test.

"He is receiving treatment, but his departure to Bangladesh for the ICC World T20 may be delayed until we are happy that the infection has resolved and his toe fully recovered."

Australia open their tournament with a clash against Pakistan in Dhaka on March 23.

Johnson made a stunning impact in eight winter Tests against England and South Africa, claiming a remarkable 59 wickets at an average of just over 15 in that time.

In 30 T20 internationals, Johnson has claimed 38 wickets at an average of 21.