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Mitchell Johnson posts gruesome photo of freak head injury on Instagram

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There are few cricketers as instantly recognisable as Mitchell Johnson.

From his famous handlebar moustache to his deadly left-arm bowling, England fans will have deeply unhappy memories of the 36-year-old - which is, ultimately, what playing for Australia is all about.

While he wasn't always the most consistent at international level, he's remembered more for the highs of his career than the lows, and particularly for his exploits against England.

The star of the 2013-14 Ashes series is no longer seen among the Baggy Green's ranks, of course, but he still boasts over half a million followers on his Instagram account.

A fair few of them might now be thinking twice about their decision to keep up with the fast bowler's activities, though, after his latest post which showed a worrying cut to the head and a bruised crown.

Johnson had a nasty altercation with a chin-up bar during a gym session and here was the result.

He took to Instagram with the caption: "If you don’t like blood & cuts then don’t look through these pics! Not the best thing I’ve ever done to myself but I’m am fine #toohardtoexplain #dontfightchinupbar #stilldontknowhowitspossible #18.3grrrrr #baldspot."

How on earth did this happen? 

Take a look - but be warned, it's not pleasant:

Nasty stuff. It's the sort of freak injury that only happens once in a blue moon.

According to the Mirror, the 36-year-old was taken to hospital and needed 16 stitches, though it doesn't seem to have dampened his spirits too much.

Johnson officially retired partway through a Test series against New Zealand in 2015, though he still plays in the Indian Premier League and has previously appeared for both Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians.

In fact, in the coming season, he will feature for the Kolkata Knight Riders having been snapped up in the IPL auction earlier this year.

The KKR are next in action on April 7 and fortunately, by the looks of it, Johnson's injury shouldn't keep him out of action for too long.

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