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Mitchell Johnson bids goodbye to cricket

Mitchell Johnson bids goodbye to cricket
Mitchell Johnson wanted to retire at his home ground in Perth - The WACA.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket, effective from the end of the ongoing second Test match against New Zealand in Perth.

Having played 72 Test matches for Australia, Johnson has taken 310 wickets at an average of 28.10 including 12 five-wicket hauls and three 10-wicket hauls.

The 34-year-old has also featured in 153 One-Day Internationals and 30 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia between 2005 and 2015.

Johnson feels that it is the right time to say goodbye to cricket and is happy to be retiring at the WACA ground.

"I feel now is the best time to say goodbye," he said.

"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.”

After taking 37 wickets from the five matches in the 2013-14 Ashes, Johnson reached the peak of his career, contributing to a 5-0 series victory for Australia in that series.

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Johnson also acknowledged that he is no longer able to compete consistently at the highest level but is proud of his achievements for Australia.

"I’ve given the decision a lot of thought," he revealed.

“Beyond this match, I’m just not sure that I can continue competing consistently at the level required to wear the Baggy Green (Cap).

"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 (earlier this year) is something I will treasure forever.”

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever praised Johnson for his achievements and thanked him for his services to Australian cricket.

“Dennis Lillee was certainly right many years ago when he identified a young Mitchell Johnson as a future great of Australian cricket.

“In many ways the sight of Mitchell as a moustached tearaway conjured memories of Lillee at his peak, not just in appearance, but for some of the most devastating fast bowling ever produced by an Australian.”

Peever also highlighted the achievements of Johnson in the 2013-14 Ashes clean sweep while wishing him and his family the best for the future.

“There have been countless highlights, but no one will ever forget his incredible performance in the 2013-14 Ashes when he took that series by storm, only to repeat those efforts soon after in the history-making win over South Africa in South Africa.

“I am sure there are many batsmen around the world breathing a sigh of relief right now, knowing that they no longer have to face him.

“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.

“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.”

The retirement of Johnson also meant that he will miss the opportunity to play the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide, which will be the first ever day-night game in this format.

In an international career spanning nearly 10 years, Johnson has taken 587 wickets across all three formats of the game for Australia, and is behind only Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee.

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