Australia’s Mitchell Johnson confirms retirement from international cricket

Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced that he will retire from all international cricket at the end of his side’s second Test against New Zealand in Perth.

The 34-year-old admitted that he was thinking about his future in the game ahead of the clash against the Kiwis at the WACA due to the toll he was taking on his body. Johnson struggled in the first innings of the match, recording figures of 1-157 in his 28 overs.

His performance has led to his decision to end his career, which began in 2005 against New Zealand in a one-day international in Christchurch. He said in a statement: “I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment of playing for my country.


It’s been an incredible ride. “But the ride has to come to an end at some point and to do so here at the WACA is very special. I’ve given the decision a lot of thought. Beyond this match, I’m just not sure that I can continue competing consistently at the level required to wear the Baggy Green.

“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.” Johnson made 256 appearances for Australia in all forms of the game, taking 588 wickets.

The fast bowler was also named ICC Player of the Year in 2009 and Test Player of the Year in 2014.

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