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Johnson axed for second Test

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Mitchell Johnson takes a breather in training at the Adelaide Oval before learning he was being released from the squad

Mitchell Johnson has been dropped by Australia for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, captain Ricky Ponting has confirmed.

Ponting announced at a press conference this morning that Johnson is being released from the 13-man squad selected, leaving Ryan Harris, Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus to
battle for the final pace-bowling place.

Johnson finished with match figures of 0-170 in the drawn first Test in Brisbane, after which Australia called Harris and Bollinger into the squad for the second match of the series, which gets under way tomorrow.

Johnson said: "Obviously I'm disappointed. But it's not the end of the world," he said.

"I've come back from stress fractures when I was younger. I'll be working away to get back into this test team and hope to be a big part of it.

"There are a few things I'm going to work on in the nets - I was a little bit out of form in last test. Obviously, there's a bit of work for me to do."

The 29-year-old accepts it may be a blessing in disguise for him to miss this second Test.

"Getting away from all the hype will be the best option for me, to work out the game," he added.

"In the last game I was trying to do all that working during a game, which is obviously very hard to do.

"In the end, I need to work things out, go to net sessions, get back in the gym, get my head straight, and get back into the team."

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