Australian left arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson retirement is the latest hype, as he is thinking about retiring from test cricket and it seems he is going to announce retirement after ongoing 2nd test match in Perth against New Zealand.
The 34-year-old Johnson had a really tough day with the ball on Sunday as Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson made 300-plus run partnership, feasted upon some loose deliveries from the left-armer, who finished the day with figures of 1 for 131 from 24 overs. Johnson, 34, ended with figures of 32-2-134-1 in New Zealand’s record innings of 624 – the most expensive returns by an Australian bowler in a Test innings at the WACA. This extended to 15-and-a-half Tests the gap from his last five-wicket haul, which came in South Africa in February 2014.
Less than two years on from his sensational 37-wicket haul to bowl Australia to a 5-0 Ashes sweep of England, Johnson is fourth on Australia’s all-time Test bowling chart with 311 from 73 matches. Mitchell Johnson retirement sign has been tipped by former Australian captain Mark Taylor to bow out of the format in the near future as he struggles with a prolonged dip in form.
The left-arm quick had admitted before the Perth Test that he was thinking about retiring form Test on a daily basis and according to Taylor, one of Australia’s greatest Test captains, his mindset pointed to the end of the road.
Once you start thinking about giving the game away it’s always a worrying sign, because days like Australia have had over the last day and a half, 130-odd overs in the field, they weigh heavily on you,” said Taylor on Channel Nine before the start of Monday’s play at the WACA about Mitchell Johnson retirement. “You start to think, ‘Should I still be playing, I’m now 34, the body’s getting a bit older, I’m getting a bit sorer, do I still really want to do it? ‘ That day yesterday would have really tested him.
“The good news is he got the wicket but if this is not his last Test, I think we’re getting really close to seeing the last of Mitchell Johnson, which is a shame because he’s been a terrific bowler for Australia.”