Mitchell Johnson Retires from All forms of Cricket, Not to Continue in T20

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Mitchell Johnson Retires from All forms of Cricket, Not to Continue in T20 

Mitchell Johnson Retires from All forms of Cricket, Not to Continue in T20
Mitchell Johnson. Credits: Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson, the fiery fast bowler from Australia, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. Johnson admitted the fact that his body was starting to shut down. Thus, the southpaw pacer will not continue In the T20 circuit.

In fact, Johnson had bid adieu to the Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers last month. However, he had left the options open for IPL and other T20 leagues across the globe.

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Mitchell Johnson says he is mentally done. Credits: Getty Images

My body is starting to shut down.

“It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Johnson wrote for the Perth Now website.

“I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down.”

Mitchell Johnson who was known for his brisk pace and sharp bounce admitted that he was mentally done as well.

“When I sat down with new Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges recently to discuss my future, he was interested in me playing on again this summer. I did believe I could still be helpful around the playing group with my experience. But I think mentally I’m done as well,” Johnson wrote.

Mitchell Johnson Big Bash League
Mitchell Johnson.

Can’t play at 100%.

Johnson further wrote that Adam Voges was able to understand as he has gone through the same phase. The fast bowler said that if he is not able to give 100%, then there is no point in going forward as it is always about giving it back to the team.

“I’m ready to break clear of playing cricket and move on to the next period of my life. He has recently been through retiring himself and I think he understood that when you’re done, you’re done. If I can’t play at 100 per cent then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me, it’s always been about the team.”

Mitchell Johnson played 73 Test matches for Australia and scalped 313 wickets. Johnson is well known for breaking through the England line-up in the 2013-14 Ashes series. In fact, the fast bowler had hanged his boots from the International career. Subsequently, he has now decided to call curtains on his T20 career as well.

Mitchell Johnson will go down as one of the best fast bowlers of the current era.

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