Australian speed star Mitchell Johnson, 34, has announced his retirement from international cricket. He will bowl the last spell of his career today the fifth and final day of the Commonwealth Bank three match series between Australia and New Zealand.
His family was present at the ground along with his childhood coach Sam Halvorsen was also present. New Zealand have given Johnson guard of honour when he was coming to bat for the last time in his career. Johnson scored 29 off 45 balls. His innings was ended by Tim Southee. W.A.C.A spectators gave Johnson standing ovation. Johnson’s fast and furious bowling was scary to many batsmen around the world. Johnson has broken former South Africa captain Graeme Smith’s hand couple of time.
Johnson got only 5 wickets in two matches. His first innings bowling figure is 1 wicket 157 runs in 28 overs. Johnson said he was considering retirement after the Ashes series defeat in England this year.
Johnson is the third highest Test wicket-taker for Australia. He has taken 311 wickets in 73 Tests. He also took 239 ODI and 38 Tests wicket.
Johnson’s retirement news has taken the twitter by surprise. Many have woke up in the morning and can’t trust their own eyes.
Twitter reacted to Mitchell Johnson’s retirement
Mitchell Johnson Retiring ?? Really , he can still thrash any batting lineup still today ..!
— Myself Kirti. (@iamkirtidixit) November 17, 2015
Strewth. Now it’s Mitchell Johnson retiring mid-series. In a few years, they’ll be packing it in mid-match after a disappointing 2nd spell.
— daniel norcross (@norcrosscricket) November 17, 2015
Congrats Mitchell Johnson for your brilliant Career.. Your Spell against England in 2013 Ashes with Mustache Probably one of the best ever!
Will miss Mitchell Johnson. They don’t make many like him anymore. The fast, scary kind.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 17, 2015
Mitchell Johnson announces retirement. A lot of batsmen around the world will breathe easy
— Vikas (@vickywadhawan83) November 17, 2015
At his best, Mitchell Johnson was exactly what we want from sport: he made us stand up and roar! pic.twitter.com/nnIVwntBO9
Surprised to hear of Mitchell Johnson’s retirement, but fair play to the man. One of cricket’s most impressive renaissance men.
The stick the Aussie press gave Swann for retiring in the middle of a series. Wonder if they’ll do the same to Mitchell Johnson.
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) November 17, 2015
What what what what what what??!! No no no!! This is too early!! Why is Mitchell Johnson retiring now?! NO
— Athenkosi S. Guntu (@AthenkosiGuntu_) November 17, 2015
Think Mitchell Johnson could still carry on. The best in the business and wasn’t overshadowed by previous Aus legendary bowlers. #Legend
— Nigel Pereira (@nigeldp7) November 17, 2015
Mitchell Johnson is retiring is a shock to me. With the current form he’s in. #mitchelljohnson
— Saurabhmoy Lahiri (@iamLahiri) November 17, 2015
He bowled to the left, He bowled to the right, That Mitchell Johnson Finishes 4th on Australia’s Test wicket list and I’m rubbish at rhymes.
feeling sad after knowing that Mitchell Johnson has retried from International Cricketer we all cricket fans will miss you
— saurabh jain (@jainysingh) November 17, 2015
Johnson’s former teammates and opponet also ushared praise on him
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) November 17, 2015
All the England lads will be celebrating they won’t have to face @MitchJohnson398 again in Australia…. Great career & a Great man..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 17, 2015
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 17, 2015
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) November 17, 2015
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) November 17, 2015