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Darren Lehmann allays fears over fitness of Mitchell Johnson

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is confident Mitchell Johnson will be fully fit for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

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The left-arm paceman - a key figure in recent triumphs over England and South Africa - was withdrawn from the ongoing Champions League T20 on Friday due to a rib injury.

However, Johnson is still expected to feature in the first of two Tests with Pakistan, starting on October 22 in Dubai, together with three preceding one-day internationals.

Lehmann told Cricket Australia's official website: "He'll be fine to go. Expect him to play the one-dayers, obviously not the T20 but the one-dayers and the Test series.

"We're lucky enough that in terms of the prep, he did a fair bit of bowling before [getting injured], so it won't be an issue."

A positive update has also been delivered on the progress of Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was forced to make an early return from the recent tri-series with Zimbabwe and South Africa due to a hamstring problem.

"I'm confident [of Clarke featuring in the first Test], he's confident - and that's about where it is at the moment," added Lehmann.

"The tour game [from October 15-18] will be the telling time I suppose, getting him out and playing that ... but I'm pretty confident he'll play."

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