Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson today announced his retirement from league cricket. The 36-year-old made the announcement by writing an article for a local media website PerthNow.
“It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” the Aussie pacer wrote in his article.
Johnson continued to struggle with a back problem since Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. He was unable to play full edition of the tournament for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Last month, he had announced his retirement from Big Bash League. “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. During this year’s Indian Premier League tournament I had a few back problems and that was probably a sign that it was time to move on,” said Johnson.
When it comes to international cricket, Johnson had retired in 2015. He has 313 wickets in test cricket. After his retirement, he continued to play league (T20-format) cricket in several parts of the world.
Johnson said he might take up coaching duties in future. “My competitive urge hasn’t left me and hopefully that’s something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future. I’m a believer in sticking to your strengths and cricket is my strength,” Johnson added.
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