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Saturday, 12 May 2012 - 9:34
Mitchell Johnson reveals how foot injury saved him from quitting cricket.
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Paceman Mitchell Johnson, recalled this week to the Australian team, revealed yesterday he had lost his love of cricket, and a foot injury this year probably saved him from quitting the game.

Johnson's roller coaster career was in limbo after he injured ligaments in his big left toe while batting in Australia's Test victory over South Africa last November and he missed the entire Australia season following surgery.

But the enigmatic 30-year-old fast bowler said he was already mentally shot by that point and in the doldrums over his cricket future.

Johnson, who has a reputation for erratic bowling, said he was confident his dark times were behind him, saying he felt mentally and physically stronger than at any previous point in his career.

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