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Johnston likely to play in place of Botha on Tuesday

Kolkata: Ireland skipper William Porterfield on Monday hinted that his side`s leading strike bowler Trent Johnston is likely to come in place of all-rounder Andre Botha in their must win World Cup match against title favourites South Africa here on Tuesday.

Ireland`s 2007 World Cup captain Johnston, who has six wickets from three matches so far in the tournament, had to sit out the last game because of a bruised knee that he sustained against India but it appears that the paceman is fit and raring to go.

Asked about the status of Johnston`s bruised knee, Porterfield said, "If Trent`s fit, he plays. He`s one of your first picks. He`s a massive player for ourselves."

"He (Johnston) trained today and as long as he has got no reaction to anything today then he will be fine," said Porterfield.

Johnston said he was keen to play at Eden Gardens.

"The knee is coming along okay, flying certainly hasn`t helped it. I`ll be playing at Eden Gardens, that`s for sure," he tweeted.

The Australian-born Johnston, one of the most experienced members of the Ireland squad, has taken 52 wickets from 50 ODIs and was their leading wicket taker in the last World Cup in the West Indies 2007.

Porterfield informed that Botha was down with a stomach bug and the team management would have to take the final call tomorrow morning.

"With regard to the health of a couple of the lads, Andre Botha has been struggling the last couple of days with a bit of a bug. We will wait and see how he fares up in the morning. He`s the only one who`s really down with any kind of bug at the minute," he said.

Porterfield said the humidity was bit of a problem for his side.

"Strategy doesn`t change regardless of the humidity. Obviously it`s slightly more humid than what we`ve been used to."

PTI

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