Richard Johnson's determination to establish himself at Test level has prompted him to cancel his honeymoon and fly out instead for England's tour to Bangladesh in just over a week's time.

The Somerset pace bowler is due to marry this weekend, after which he and his wife-to-be Nicky planned a holiday in Mauritius.

But that trip was put on hold yesterday after Johnson was named as the replacement for injured seamer James Anderson in the 15-man Test party for Bangladesh.

Johnson has quickly re-arranged his plans and will travel to Dhaka, although he has been given special dispensation to fly out a day later than the rest of the squad and will depart on October 8.

''We're going to have to put the honeymoon back now,'' confirmed Johnson. ''We're only going to get a couple of days together before I go.

''You don't get called up by England every day, and I need to take every opportunity that comes along. It's hard on my other half because this has happened only a week before we were getting married. But she understands and she's very supportive.''

His determination to become the replacement for Anderson, who withdrew from the Test part of the trip last week with a knee injury, has perhaps been strengthened by his own experiences of having his England dreams curtailed by fitness setbacks.

Johnson was first called up for England's 1995-6 tour of South Africa only for a back problem to force his withdrawal. Although he was selected for the trip to India two winters ago - as a replacement for Andrew Caddick, who refused to go on security grounds - he failed to make the breakthrough.

He had to wait until this summer before he finally made his Test debut, claiming six wickets and the man-of-the-match award on his debut against Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street only for a knee injury to flare up and sideline him once again.

By the time he had recovered, other bowlers had also made an impression.