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Mitchell Johnson calls time on all forms of cricket

Mitchell Johnson calls time on all forms of cricket

Australian fiery fast bowler Mitchell Johnson announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket on Saturday (August 19).

Last month, the 36-year-old had also confirmed that he would retire from the franchise-based Big Bash League.

Johnson, who was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL, was bothered by a back problem and said that niggling injuries had played a part in his decision to hang up his boots.

"It is over. I've bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket," Johnson was quoted as saying by PerthNow. "I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down. During this year's Indian Premier League tournament I had a few back problems and that was probably a sign that it was time to move on.

"If I can't play at 100 per cent then I can't give my best to the team. And for me it's always been about the team. I'd like to thank the Scorchers for the last two fantastic summers and the WACA for everything my adopted cricket home has done for me over the past decade. Christina Matthews and the team there have always bent over backwards to help me out. A huge thank you to the fans as well. I will never forget the atmosphere at the WACA Ground or the smiling faces of the kids. My competitive urge hasn't left me and hopefully, that's something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future. I'm a believer in sticking to your strengths and cricket is my strength," he added.

Australian fiery fast bowler Mitchell Johnson announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday (August 19).

Last month, the 36-year-old had also confirmed that he would retire from the franchise-based Big Bash League.

Johnson, who was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL, was bothered by a back problem and said that niggling injuries had played a part in his decision to hang up his boots.

"It is over. I've bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket," Johnson was quoted as saying by PerthNow. "I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down. During this year's Indian Premier League tournament I had a few back problems and that was probably a sign that it was time to move on.

"If I can't play at 100 percent then I can't give my best to the team. And for me, it's always been about the team. I'd like to thank the Scorchers for the last two fantastic summers and the WACA for everything my adopted cricket home has done for me over the past decade. Christina Matthews and the team there have always bent over backwards to help me out. A huge thank you to the fans as well. I will never forget the atmosphere at the WACA Ground or the smiling faces of the kids. My competitive urge hasn't left me and hopefully, that's something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future. I'm a believer in sticking to your strengths and cricket is my strength," he added.



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