Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson Retires from international cricket : The announcement was made in a statement by Cricket Australia on Tuesday morning before the start of day five. Mitchell Johnson, the Australian pace bowler, will retire from international cricket at the conclusion of the second Test against New Zealand, Australia on Monday (November 17). The 34-year-old left-armer, the 2009 and 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) Player of the Year.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson Retires From International Cricket

Mitchell Johnson retires
Mitchell Johnson retires

Johnson, who has been struggling through the two Tests against New Zealand with just five wickets at an average of 64 heading into day five of the WACA Test, will retire after the second Test concludes on Tuesday.Mitchell Johnson said that, “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 is something I will treasure forever.

“I think tradition in the game is very important”. Johnson has taken 311 Test wickets and yesterday passed Brett Lee’s tally to become the fouth highest wicket-taker in Australian history.He leaves the game as Australia’s fourth-highest Test wicket taker with a current tally of 311 in his 73rd Tests, but more significantly remembered as a mercurial talent who came to embody a re-born Australian team.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson confirms international cricket retirement

He said in the 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”.

He said, “My career has certainly had its ups 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 is something I will treasure forever.”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.”

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