Australia’s left handed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson announced that he will pull the pin on his international cricket career after the second Test against New Zealand. He also admitted that retirement was looming large in his mind.
“I have been lucky to have a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment playing for my country.” – Mitchel Johnson.
The 34-year-old, 2009 and 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) Player of the Year, is Australia’s fourth-highest Test wicket-taker, with 311 in 73 matches, and also took 239 one-day wickets.Johnson was also a useful lower order batsman, scoring 11 half-centuries and one century during a career run haul of 2,034.
The Leading Australia Test wicket-takers are:
Shane Warne – 145 Tests,Wickets 708 (average 25.41, best 8-71)
Glenn McGrath – 124 Tests,Wickets 563 (average, 21.64, best 8-24)
Dennis Lillee – 70 Tests,Wickets 355 (average 23.92, best 7-83)
Mitchell Johnson – 73 Tests,Wickets 311* (average 28.52, best 8-81)
Brett Lee – 76 Tests,Wickets 310 (average 30.81, best 5-30)
Johnson was the most devastating fast bowler of his era when in form and fired Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep over England in 2013-14 as well as helping the hosts to a fifth World Cup triumph in the 50-over format earlier this year.However, there were also long fallow periods for the left-arm paceman when he became a figure of fun among the fans of England.
He was mocked by England fans during their series victory down under in 2010-11 for his wayward bowling. But he was one of the tourists’ chief tormentors in Australia’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2013-14, during which he bowled with pace and hostility to take 37 wickets at the average of 13.97.
“It’s been an incredible ride,” Johnson said. “But the ride has to come to an end at some point and to do so here at the Waca is very special.
Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever paid tribute to Johnson for his outstanding Test career which began in 2007 at the Gabba and reached its peak in the summer of 2013-14 when his speed and aggression saw him claim 59 wickets in eight Tests against England and South Africa. It led to Johnson winning his first Allan Border Medal at the age of 32.
We wish Mitchell Johnson all the best in his future endeavours.