Aussie Pace Sensation Mitchell Johnson Retires From International Cricket
After a career that has had its fair share of ups and downs, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has decided that it is time to bring it to an end. The paceman, who has taken the fourth-highest number of wickets in tests for Australia (311), behind only legends Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, announced that he will be retiring at the end of the current second Test match against New Zealand in Perth.
Not long ago, in 2009, Johnson had considered retiring early, but rediscovered himself and came back with quite a bang. One of Johnson’s best performances was his stint in the 2013-14 Ashes series against England, where he took 37 wickets. In the same season, he terrorised the South African batting lineup as well, taking a staggering 59 wickets for the two series at an average of 15.23.
In the words of Cricket Australia chairman David Peever, “Dennis Lillee was certainly right many years ago when he identified a young Mitchell Johnson as a future great of Australian cricket.”
While most batsmen around the world will be breathing sighs of relief on hearing of Johnson’s retirement, we salute his perseverance and the kind of performances that he put on display for the world to see, during the peak of his career.