Australia could be without fast bowler and victory talisman Mitchell Johnson for the starts of the World Twenty20, depending on how his infected toe heals up.

Johnson picked up a cut on his toe during the Test series in South Africa, and since then he has returned home to Perth to find it has become badly infected. This could mean he does not leave for Bangladesh with the team.

Team doctor Justin Paoloni told "Mitch has been home in Perth recovering from the Test series against South Africa but has developed an infection as a result of a cut he had on his right big toe after the third Test.

"He is receiving treatment, but his departure to Bangladesh for the ICC World T20 may be delayed until we are happy that the infection has resolved and his toe fully recovered."

The Aussies start their tournament against Pakistan on 23 March, and, for the most part, will leave for Bangladesh straight from South Africa.