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Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he is brooding over whether he should stop playing one or both formats of limited overs cricket in order to prolong his rejuvenated Test career.
Although Johnson has not specified whether he will quit ODI or Twenty20 cricket first, he did hint that the shortest format may be the first one to go.
“I think I’ve got to be a lot smarter now,” Johnson told cricket.com.au. “Twenty20, I will quite happily say, is not my favourite format – I would rather play Test cricket.
“And maybe one-day cricket I have to look at as well. But my main goal now is to get to that 2015 Ashes series in England, so I’ll be doing everything I can to reach that goal.”
Johnson added that he would rather win a World Cup with Australia instead of continuing to play Twenty20 cricket.
“Twenty20 cricket you don’t play a lot of anyway, it just happened at this time there was a World Cup straight after the South Africa series which I was looking forward to being involved in before I got injured,” Johnson said. “I’d like to win a World Cup. I’ve been involved in the West Indies in 2007 which was a well-paid holiday apparently. And while it was tough work, the campaign we went through, it was a good place to be and a great experience.
“So I would love to be a part of Australia’s 2015 World Cup and I certainly think we’ve got the team to win it. We’ve played some really good one-day cricket and given that it’s being played at home, it would be a great opportunity.”