Miller: MiJo’s ready to break some toes

Kings XI Punjab captain David Miller has warned opposition batsmen to protect their feet, saying that paceman Mitchell Johnson is still at full strength and would be aiming those yorkers with accuracy.

Johnson retired from international cricket late last year, and will return for the Punjab side with a refreshed outlook. Miller feels that Johnson's experience and skill will certainly come to the fore.

Miller said: "The fire is definitely there and the pace is up there as well. I don't see why he's not going to do well.

"He's bowling really quickly. He's looking refreshed, strong as well – he's been training really well the last couple of weeks.

"He's swinging the ball as well. In the nets there's a couple of swollen toes.

"He's a great asset to the team. He's played so many international games in his career.

"And he has so much to add to the younger guys and myself as well. I'm looking forward to what he brings to the team."

Johnson backed up his skippers praise by saying he was excited to be playing this season, more so than in the past because he'd been able to rest his body after retirement.

Johnson told Fox Sports: "The good sign for me is I'm incredibly excited for the IPL to get underway now.

"That’s certainly not how I was feeling this time last year when I was really flat and physically exhausted after a long summer that included a World Cup.

"Now I'm genuinely pumped to get back onto the field, and even training with my teammates this week gave me a rush I haven't felt in a while."