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Post by Booney on Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:53 am

Mitch Johnson to retire this afternoon.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/17/mitch-johnson-confirms-test-retirement

Mitchell Johnson has made a low-key exit from international cricket, confirming in a statement that the WACA Test will be his last.

Johnson will finish as one of Australia's most revered pacemen, his 37 wickets in the 2013-14 Ashes burned into the memory of most cricket fans.

Johnson was renowned for his express pace, ferocious bounce, ability to inflict pain and capacity to intimidate.

So something was clearly amiss in Perth, where the left-armer lolloped to the crease and looked somewhat indifferent as New Zealand walloped him all over the park.

Cricket Australia released a statement on the morning of day five, confirming Johnson's 73rd Test would be his last.

"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."

The Queenslander moved west to live with wife Jessica Bratich, but the venue has always held special memories.

In his first six Tests at the WACA, Johnson channelled mentor Dennis Lillee to grab 42 wickets at an average of 20.19.

The 34-year-old finished with figures of 1-157 from 28 overs on Monday, failing to contain Ross Taylor and NZ's freewheeling tailenders.

It was the most runs ever conceded by an Australian in a Test innings at the WACA.

Johnson's bowling figures haven't always been a true reflection of his influence on a contest, but on this occasion it was.

"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 said.

"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."

Johnson also thanked his teammates, friends and supporters around the world.

"The encouragement I have received has been extremely humbling and playing in front of them is certainly something I will miss," he said.

Johnson had a tally of 311 Test wickets going into the final day of the WACA Test.

Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708) are the only men above him on the list of Australia's greatest wicket-takers.

He finishes a two-time ICC Cricketer of the Year, having collected the gong in 2009 and 2014.

Johnson fell out of love with the game in 2011, when he genuinely weighed up retirement after a serious toe injury.

He battled back to full fitness and frightening pace, but again contemplated calling it quits following his side's failed Ashes campaign this year.

"I am sure there are many batsmen around the world breathing a sigh of relief right now, knowing that they no longer have to face him," Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said.
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Post by Gingernuts on Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:59 am

I like the subtitle of this thread - realistically I think it could be applied to most threads on this site. Moderators take note please. Wink

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Post by Booney on Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:00 pm

Gingernuts wrote:I like the subtitle of this thread - realistically I think it could be applied to most threads on this site. Moderators take note please. Wink

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No, we'll highlight the ones that are worthy of it. Wink
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:27 pm

MJ AND GINGERNUTS
One a magnificent fast bowler
One a magnificent lawn bowler
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Post by Gingernuts on Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:18 pm

Just reflecting on Mitchell Johnson's career - Has there ever been a more remarkable re-invention in cricket?

In his late 20's he was done. A talent destined for the scrap heap, with most believing him to be far to fragile mentally to ever have an impact at international level.

To come back from that and deliver one of the finest fast bowling performances ever in that Ashes series of 2013/14 is something that I will tell the grandkids about.

Easily the most aggressive, dominant, and intimidating performance I have ever seen from a fast bowler in my lifetime (I caught the tale end of the great Windies era in the early 90's and that is the only thing that would come close).

Incredible stuff, and a great cricketing story.
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Post by Lee on Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:54 pm

The most intimidating bowling would include the West Indies teams (in the WI) of Hall and Griffith in the 60's and, without doubt, Lillee and Thomson.

They were dangerous together over a period, as of course were the great Windies bowlers you referred to.
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Post by Scrappy on Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:30 am

Good timing to retire in Movember
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