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Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has confirmed that he will retire from international and first-class cricket after the ongoing second Test against New Zealand in Perth.
Johnson hinted that we would retire prior to the second Test as he said that he was constantly thinking about it before saying: “Who knows? It could be after this game. I might just go ‘I’m done’.”
Johnson announced his decision following the fourth day of play, and said: “I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment of playing for my country. 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.
“My career has certainly had its up and downs but I can honestly say I have given it my all and am proud of everything I have achieved. To win an Ashes series and a Cricket World Cup is something I will treasure forever.
“My family have been by my side throughout and I could not have achieved all I have without their support. They have made a lot of sacrifices, especially my beautiful wife Jess who has provided me with unconditional support, and I am incredibly grateful for that.
“They say the greatest thing about playing sport is the friends you make along the way and I have been fortunate enough to play and work with some incredible people and have cemented lifelong friendships.
“I would certainly like to thank the people of Australia, and all those around the world, who have supported me. The encouragement I have received has been extremely humbling and playing in front of them is certainly something I will miss.”
Johnson represented Australia in 73 Tests and picked up 311 wickets, which is the fourth-highest by an Australian bowler after Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and his mentor Dennis Lillee.
He also played 153 ODIs, claiming 239 wickets at an average of 25.26, and 30 Twenty20 Internationals, in which he snapped up 38 wickets at an average of 20.97.