Mitchell Johnson, who became a T20 wanderer after retiring from international cricket in 2015, has decided enough is enough.
‘It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,’ Johnson said in a column for Perth Now. ‘I had hoped to continue playing in various T20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down.’
Johnson revealed he had been suffering from back problems during the IPL and added that it was an indication for him to call time. Johnson did not have a memorable season for the Knight Riders as he gave away 216 runs in six games and picked up only two wickets.
‘If I can’t play at 100% then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me, it’s always been about the team,’ he said. ‘I’m ready to break clear of playing cricket and move on to the next period of my life.’
Johnson had called time on his Big Bash League career with Perth Scorchers last month and had pulled out of his commitments with Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. Since his international retirement, he has picked up 31 wickets in 33 games at an economy rate of 7.28 in T20s.
Contrasting to his IPL performance, Johnson was in good form this BBL season, taking 20 wickets in 19 games at an average of 22.75 and economy rate of 6.14. He had also led Scorchers to the title in the 2016-17 season, finishing with figures of 1-13 in the final against the Sydney Sixers. He had finished that season as their highest wicket-taker with 13 wickets from nine matches and an economy rate of 5.91.
He played his last T20 for Australia in 2013, after 30 appearances.