Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson retires from international cricket

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Mitchell Johnson decided his international cricket career should end after the 2nd test against New Zealand at his adopted home ground, a fitting venue synonymous with fast bowling.

“I feel now is the best time to say goodbye,” Johnson said. “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.”

He follows Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson into retirement, who all quit after the recent Ashes series against England. Speculation had been rife about Johnson’s future ahead of the second Test against the Kiwis, with the bowler admitting last week that he thought about retirement “most days”.

On his adopted home ground which has been the scene of some of his most lethal spells during a 73-Test career, he returned irrecoverably figures of 1-157 in the first innings against New Zealand. His sole wicket moved the left-armer past Brett Lee and into fourth place on the all-time Test wickets list for Australia, with 311.

He sits behind Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708).

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