Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson retires from International cricket

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. He announced his immediate retirement from international cricket before the final day's play against New Zealand at the WACA Ground.

Johnson was given a guard of honour by the New Zealand fielders and an ovation from the crowd as he emerged for his last Test innings shortly before lunch on the final day in Perth.

Mitchell is well renowned for his express pace, ferocious bounce and capacity to intimidate. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman. With this, he joins the league of fellow team mates who had recently retired from international cricket which includes Ryan Harris, Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin.

He is Australia's fourth-highest Test wicket-taker, with 313 in 73 matches, and also took 239 one-day wickets. Johnson was also a useful lower order batsman, scoring 11 half-centuries and one century during a career run haul of 2,034.

Leading Australia Test wicket-takers :-

  1. Shane Warne, (708)
  2. Glenn McGrath, (563)
  3. Dennis Lillee, (355)
  4. Mitchell Johnson,(313)
  5. Brett Lee,(310)

Key Facts about Mitchell Johnson :-

Test career

  • Batting:- He had scored 2,036 runs at a batting average of 22.35 and his top score was 123 (not out). He had scored one century and 11 half centuries.
  • Bowling:- Mitchell has bowled 15,409 balls in his test career and had taken 311 runs at bowling average of 28.1.
  • Ranking:- Mitchell Ranks fourth in the list all-time Test wickets of Australia after Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708). 

ODI Career :-

  • Batting:- Mitchell made his ODI debut in 2005 against New Zealand and had played 153 ODI matches. In his overall ODI career, he had scored 951 at an average of 16.12, with to score of 73 runs.
  • Bowling:- He had bowled 7,066 balls and had taken 239 wickets at an average of 25.3.

World Cup

  • Mitchell Johnson played pivotal role in the final match of 2015 ICC World Cup in which had leaded Australia to win the World Cup for the record 5th time.

Awards and Honours :- 

  • International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Cricketer of the Year award in 2009 and 2014. 
  • ICC’s Test Player of the year in 2014.
  • Allan Border Medal 2014
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