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“I don’t have a time frame on it”
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he is considering quitting Twenty20 cricket in order to prolong his ODI and Test career.
Johnson’s comments come after he ripped England apart with 37 wickets in the recent Ashes series.
He also ruled out quitting ODI cricket as he is determined to represent Australia in next year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
“I don’t have a time frame on it (retirement),” Johnson said. “As long as my body can hold up and I can keep performing, then who knows – a few more years maybe.
“The scheduling is quite full-on, so we have to be smart about what we do as well, if I’m going to play all forms or not.”
Johnson reiterated that he will not be giving up ODI cricket for the time being.
“Not one-dayers,” he said. “But T20s could be an option.
“But in saying that, we’ve got a lighter schedule this year. It probably allows us to play all three forms if you’re performing.”
Johnson also complimented captain Michael Clarke over how well he used him throughout the Ashes series.
“I just want to play as many games as I can for Australia and do it well,” he said. “Consistency is the key. If I can consistently bowl at a good pace and be the strike bowler – Michael Clarke used me very well throughout the series, and Darren Lehmann was a part of that as well.
“I could come in and be aggressive, be intimidating, and that seems to work for me really well.
“It seems like we’ve found the way to best use me in all forms of the game, and I’m really enjoying that at the moment.”
Johnson also admitted to being shocked at having won the Allan Border Medal on Monday night.
“I’m still in a little bit of shock that it’s actually happened,” he said. “It’s been a crazy 18 months. It’s been a big build-up to this point at the moment in my career.
“It’s really enjoyable. We’re playing good cricket as a team. When you receive a personal accolade like an AB medal, it’s an amazing feeling.”
The left-arm seamer also conceded that he considered retiring from international cricket after he was snubbed for the Ashes series in England in July.
“I went through a lot of different emotions, a lot of different thoughts in my mind,” he said. “At one point there when I was injured, I didn’t think I wanted to play cricket again.
“The first two months in my (moon) boot I wasn’t interested in cricket, which was good just to get away from thinking about cricket 24/7.
“Then I built my way up, got myself fit and strong, worked on the bowling things I wanted to work on. A lot of people helped me in the background.”
Johnson is now looking to keep his red-hot bowling streak going when Australia tour South Africa next month.
“We’re going to have to [be on top of our game],” he said. “They have got a star-studded batting line-up.
“It’s a little bit weakened by Jacques Kallis not being there (following his retirement), but I think they’ve got three guys in the top ten (rankings) batting-wise.
“They’re an unbelievable team, and they’re the number one team for a reason.”