PERTH: Mitchell Johnson, one of the most successful Australian bowlers has decided to retire from the international cricket following the ongoing second test against New Zealand in Perth.
“I have done a lot of thinking before making this decision and i feel, this is the right time. It is something special for me as a player to retire at the Perth. I thank everyone who have been a part of my career and especially the Cricket Australia”, Johnson said.
The 34-year old fast bowler, who had recently celebrated his 34th birthday on November 2nd, said that he was not sure about his fitness required to produce consistent wicket taking spells in the coming matches and has decided to call time on his career.
Knowing the Australian’s retirement news, the fielding New Zealand players have given him a guard of honor along with the stirring ovation from the crowd as Johnson came out to bat for the last time in his career on the final day of the second test at the WACA.
It is understood that Johnson has taken the decision to retire following his pale performance at WACA on Monday. The fast bowler had failed to produce the same intensity in his pace as in the past for which the batting lineups around the World feared to face him. Johnson has managed to scalp only one wicket conceding 157 runs, in the first innings of the second test against New Zealand at Perth. It is also the most runs conceded by a bowler at Perth!.
The Australian bowling spearhead, concluded his Test career as the Australia’s fourth highest wicket-taker with 311 wickets following Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708). Johnson had also scored 2,034 Test runs with a career best of 123 not out.
Johnson said that he had several ups and downs in his career despite being one of the successful bowlers for Australia. He went on to say that he had considered retiring from cricket back in 2009, before he re-discovered his passion for the game to continue.
The best performance of Mitchell Johnson, is notably, that of the 2013-14 Ashes series where he went on to take 37 wickets. The fast bowler carried his heroics into the subsequent series against South Africa. Johnson scalped a total of 59 wickets at an average of 15.23 in just two series!.
Mitchell Johnson scalped 239 wickets, playing 153 matches in One Day Internationals at an average of 25.26 and a strike rate of 31.3. He also featured in 30 T20 internationals, taking 38 wickets, the Guardian reported.