Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson suddenly retires from his all international cricket career. His full name is Mitchell Guy Johnson. He is a seldom left-arm orthodox fast bowler and left handed batsman. In 2009, he was awarded “ Cricketer of the year” by international Cricket Council and in 2014 “ Test Player of the year”. He will be memorable for his key role in the semi-final and final matches of ICC world cup 2015 which brought Australia World Cup for fifth time.
It is very interesting that when he started his playing at the age of 17 as a fast-bowler in Brisbane, then the former legend Dennis Lillee found him as a “Once-in-nine-lives prospect” and then L:illee with his former team-mate Rod Marsh arranged for Johnson to attend the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. After that Johnson played for the Australian under 19 cricket team at England in 1999. But that’s true that injuries hampered his cricketing life for several times. He was selected for A cricket team that toured Pakistan in September, 2005. He usually bowls the sling action and he has ability to bowl in excess of 150kph. His fasted bowl is being recorded as 156.7 kph in Melbourne in ashes 2013.
Johnson was first selected for the Australian One Day International Cricket team in Christchurch against New-Zealand in 2005. Later he was chosen for Test squad on 23 November 2006 in the first ashes test but as 12th man. He takes his first test wicket of Thilan Samaraweera of Sri-Lanka in 10 November 2007 at his home ground in Brisbane.
Mitchell announces his retirement today after the second test match against New-Zealand of Tans- Tasman Trophy Test series at his home ground in Perth. In this match he takes 1 wicket in first innings and scores 29 runs in his final innings as a batsman.
He is the Australia’s highest fourth Test-wicket taker with a currently of 311 in his 73 Test appearance. He shows outstanding performance in his “ comeback” to the Australian Test squad, the 2013-14 Ashes series in which he ruined England batting and after that went on to destroy South Africa in the following Test series to strengthen his name in the Australian squad.
He played 73 test matches and 153 ODI matches in his international cricket life. He acquires 311 ODI wickets and 239 test wickets.
He describes his career as “incredible ride” and emphasizes that it is high time to say goodbye to all formats of cricket.