MITCHELL JOHNSON has retired from all forms of cricket – 3½ years after terrorising England in the Ashes.
Former Australia paceman Johnson terrorised England during the 2013-14 Ashes series and captured 313 test wickets through a roller-coaster career.
Getty Images – Getty Mitchell Johnson was outstanding during the 2013-14 Ashes as he spearheaded Australia’s devastating bowling attack
Getty Images – Getty The sight of Johnson’s handlebar moustache firing at England’s bowlers was a constant worry for the tourists during the 2013-14 Ashes
Left-armer Johnson retired from internationals in 2015, but remained a useful bowler in Twenty20 competitions, including for Perth Scorchers in the Australian ‘Big Bash’ tournament.
He struggled with a back injury while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s Indian Premier League, however, and said in a column on Sunday that he felt his body was starting to give way.
He said: “It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.
“I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year.