Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket drawing curtains on an illustrious career. In his column for Perth Now, the 36-year-old wrote that he had hoped to continue playing franchise cricket for some more time but niggling back injuries have forced him to take this call.
Johnson had called time on his international career in November 2015 but was actively involved in various Twenty20 leagues around the globe. He had played a vital role in helping Perth Scorchers clinch the 2016-17 edition of the Big Bash League where he claimed 13 wickets at 15.46.
He was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders set up in the Indian Premier League this year turning out for the franchise in six outings but did not always look at his best. Jonhson, who had last month announced his retirement from BBL wrote that he was “mentally done as well”. Johnson, in his prime, was one of the menacing pacers going around. He turned out for his country in 73 Tests in which he bagged 313 wickets at 28.40. The high point of his red-ball career was powering Australia to a 5-0 sweep of England during the Ashes in 2013-14 where he picked up 37 wickets at an incredible 13.97.
In the 50-over-format as well, Johnson was equally effective picking up 239 wickets in 153 One-Day Internationals at 25.26. He was a key figure in Australia’s triumph at the 2015 ODI Cricket World Cup returning 15 wickets in the tournament. Johnson was also a more than decent lower-order batsman and mentioned the Test century he scored against South Africa in Cape Town as one of his stand-out memories.