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Mitchell Johnson: Australian Bowler Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Mitchell Johnson: Australian Bowler Announces Retirement From International Cricket:

Johnson stated he will retire at the WACA Ground in Western Australia after Monday’s Test match against New Zealand. Johnson made his Test debut for Australia in 2007.

“I believe now is the ideal time to say good-bye,” Johnson said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have had an excellent profession and loved every minute of playing for my state. It is been an unbelievable ride.

I have given lots of idea to the conclusion. Beyond this match, I am merely not convinced I can continue competing consistently at the amount needed to wear the baggy green.”

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Johnson has appeared a shadow of his former self during the Perth Test, neglecting to create the sort of pace with all the ball that made him one of the very dreaded bowlers on the planet. His attempts on Monday were rewarded from 28 overs with a single wicket for the concession of 157 runs – the runs surrendered by an Australian in a Test innings at the Waca.

The 34-year old brings back the curtain on his Australia profession as his nation’s fourth highest Test wicket-taker with 311 – an amount he might nevertheless add to later on. He and Brett Lee’s total of 310 passed when he claimed the scalp of Doug Bracewell Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708) stay out in front.

“Dennis Lillee was definitely right many years back when he identified a youthful Mitchell Johnson as a future amazing of Australian cricket,” Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said.

“In many ways the sight of Mitchell as a moustached tearaway conjured memories of Lillee at his pinnacle, not only in look, but for a number of the very disastrous fast bowling ever made by an Australian.

“I’m certain there are lots of batsmen all over the world breathing a sigh of relief right now, understanding that they no longer need to confront Johnson. Johnson leaves the match as one of our all time great bowlers and as a great model to young Australians about what they are able to achieve through hard work and commitment to their chosen craft.”

Johnson’s choice to retire comes shortly after similar moves by Ryan Harris and fellow Australians Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers.

Johnson also played 153 one-day internationals for Australia, taking 239 wickets at a mean of 25.26 and a strike rate of 31.3 and featured in 30 Twenty20 internationals during which he took 38 wickets.