Mitchell Johnson has announced the ongoing second test will be the last match of his career after deciding to retire from all formats of international cricket.
The 34-year-old told his teammates last night about his decision, saying that this is the right time for him to say goodbye. Johnson has played 73 tests so far and is the Australia’s fourth highest wicket taker with 310 wickets under his name.
More than six feet tall, with a long moustache and angry look, Johnson was one of the most fearsome bowlers of modern cricket. He was accurate in his line and length, but his main weapon was his speed and some deadly bouncer. His best performance was during the 2013-14 season when he claimed 59 wickets at 15.23 average against England and South Africa. His performance against England in that season helped Australia to regain the Ashes and earned him his first Allan Border Medal.
In a media release from Cricket Australia, Johnson thanked his family, friends and the people of Australia for always standing beside him.
“My family have been by my side throughout and I could not have achieved all I have without their support. They have made a lot of sacrifices, especially my beautiful wife Jess who has provided me with unconditional support, and I am incredibly grateful for that,” he said.
“They say the greatest thing about playing sport is the friends you make along the way and I have been fortunate enough to play and work with some incredible people and have cemented lifelong friendships.
“I would certainly like to thank the people of Australia, and all those around the world, who have supported me. The encouragement I have received has been extremely humbling and playing in front of them is certainly something I will miss.”
He also stated that winning the Ashes series and the World Cup is something he cherishes the most.
“My career has certainly had its up and downs but I can honestly say I have given it my all and am proud of everything I have achieved. To win an Ashes Series and a Cricket World Cup is something I will treasure forever.”
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever also showed his respect to Johnson, calling him a legend of cricket.
“He leaves the game as one of our all-time great bowlers and as an excellent example to young Australians about what they can achieve through hard work and dedication to their chosen craft,” Peever said.
“We thank Mitchell for his outstanding service to the game and wish him, wife Jessica and daughter Rubika the very best for life beyond cricket.” – Md Zahin
Top photo of Mitchell Johnson from Cricket Australia’s official Facebook page.