AUSTRALIAN paceman Mitchell Johnson could play for Wanneroo in WACA Premier Cricket this weekend after WA’s early exit from the domestic one-day competition.
Johnson last played for the Roos in 2012 against Scarborough taking 6-26.
The 2014 International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year will be looking to find some match time ahead of Australia’s series against New Zealand next month, having played just two games for WA.
Wanneroo assistant coach Sean King said the side was at the mercy of Cricket Australia and would not know if Johnson was playing until later today.
He was hopeful the 33-year-old would play, particularly given the Roos face Mt Lawley in a one-day contest on Saturday with handy WA batsman Michael Klinger expected to be named for the Hawks.
Wanneroo plays Perth in another 50-over match on Sunday.
King explained Cricket Australia dictated terms of how they could use Johnson should he join them.
“They tell you how many overs he can bowl and all that so you’re at the mercy of them,” he said. “I wouldn’t think they’d put a cap on him because he’s the fittest player they’ve got. They might say he can only play one of the two games, they’re very pedantic about bowlers.”
King said the Roos had also tried for favourite son Mike Hussey, but he was unable to feature because of commentary commitments.
He hoped Wanneroo could turnaround its poor early season form that has it at the bottom of the table with two losses from two games.
But he admitted the Kingsway-based team was in a rebuilding phase after the retirement of senior players such as former captain Joel Charles and pace bowler Gary Atkinson.
The Roos also lost promising youngsters Brendan Murray to University, Jarrad McPhee to Fremantle and Jack Cattrall to Claremont-Nedlands.
“We’re hoping to string some results together in the next few weeks otherwise we might be in a bit of trouble,” he said.
“Our bowling’s been pretty good, but our batting’s been a little bit off.”