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Johnson keen on T20 but not for Scorchers
Mitchell Johnson. Pic: Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson will try to win a place at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September despite not having a Big Bash team to play for this summer.

Johnson will not play for the Perth Scorchers after negotiations broke down over his commitments to the franchise.

But like Luke Ronchi, who has moved to New Zealand in a bid to play Test cricket, Johnson will be eligible to play at the Champions League in October because he had a Scorchers contract last season.

He would have to be released by Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians to play for Perth in the tournament in South Africa in October.

The WACA is likely to receive a compensation payment if Mumbai do not release Johnson.

Johnson can still sign for one of the other seven Big Bash teams.

While Perth have signed the maximum 18 contracts, there are still 25 vacancies at the other franchises that must be filled by the end of November.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said a deal could not be agreed with Johnson. "It was not just about finances," Matthews said.

"Mitch was interested in playing but he was not able to commit to what we wanted from him."

Johnson's manager Sam Halvorsen indicated his client was keen to play for Perth but would not say why negotiations broke down.

"You will have to ask the WACA why he is not playing," Halvorsen said.

"Mitch is now focused on the Australia A tour and is looking forward to playing some cricket for the first time in a long while."

Johnson returned to action this month as part of the Australian one-day team after recovering from major foot surgery at the start of last summer.

The paceman tore a tendon off his left big toe while batting in a Test match at Johannesburg last November.

Johnson remained with the Australia A team currently in England and claimed 3-47 in the second innings of the opening first-class match against Derbyshire that ended in a tight draw on Sunday.

Test opener Ed Cowan struck a lively century in the game.

The West Australian

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