PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 15: Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day 4 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park on February 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Sydney – Mitchell Johnson is struggling to be fit for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with the Australian fast bowler suffering a toe infection stemming from a cut he picked up in South Africa.

Cricket Australia said the pace spearhead was receiving treatment and it may mean a late arrival for the 32-year-old in Dhaka where Australia kick off their campaign against Pakistan on March 23.

“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,” said CA chief medical officer Justin Paoloni.

“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.”

Johnson is due to leave on Sunday to link up with his teammates but News Limited newspapers said he was on a heavy course of antibiotics.

It has been an arduous few months for Johnson, who spearheaded Australia's 5-0 Ashes Test whitewash of England and then the 2-1 victory over South Africa. – Sapa-AFP