Mitchell Johnson is bowing out of international cricket following the end of Australia’s current test series against New Zealand. The thirty four year old has some phenomenal achievements under his belt and says that his decision comes following extensive thought.
Mitchell Johnson has said that he feels now is the time to say goodbye. The left handed bowler and batsman knows that he has been lucky to have had such a great career and has stated that he has enjoyed every moment that he has played for his country.
The talented fast bowler has achieved a lot during his career. Prior to his interest in the English born sport he had intended to carve himself a professional career in tennis. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol Pete Sampres, he was offered the opportunity to further his career in Brisbane at the tender age of fourteen. He turned down the opportunity and began to focus on cricket.
At the age of seventeen Mitchell Johnson was spotted by test fast-bowler, Dennis Lillee, who identified him as a prospect. Lillee got in touch with his former team mate, Rod Marsh, who secured the up and coming professional a place in The Australian Cricket Academy.
He made his test debut for Australia in 1999 when the under nineteens toured England. Since then Johnson has represented Australia in international cricket. He has gone on to win and receive multiple awards including being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year award at the 2009 LG ICC Awards. Most recently in 2014 he was awarded the Allan Border Medal as well as being crowned ICC Cricketer of the Year that same year.
Speaking of his career Johnson and its ending he said:
“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.
“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.”
Whatever happens next for Mitchell Johnson it will certainly be strange not to hear his name in the future for Australia.
Author Lisa Wood
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