The Menacing Mitch Bids Adieu: Mitchell Johnson Retires

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The menacing act of Mitchell Johnson won’t trouble the batters anymore as The Superstar Fast bowler bids adieu to International Cricket at Perth. Mitchell Johnson retires from International cricket after praise worthy career.

Mitch the ‘Johnson’ Hangs his Sporting Shoes

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Mitchell Johnson Retirement

Its disheartening news for all cricket lovers especially the fans of fast and ferocious bowling as Menacing Mitch retires from all forms of International cricket. Referred as ‘Once in a lifetime Prospect’ by Dennis Lillee, Mitchell Johnson ends his cricketing career at the age of 34 and hence ends an era of fast and intimidating bowling especially those head cracking bouncers. Johnson played his last Test Match at Perth (His favourite ground) against New Zealand where he showed his threatening class in the last innings (2-20) though the match ended in draw.

Mitchell Johnson’s Phenomenal Career: The Hostile Mitch

Johnson’s career has been a roller coaster ride with many acmes and few disappointing lows. Johnson began his career in 2007 with immense promise and he carried that pressure well till 2009-10 but Mitch saw depth in form and fitness which forced him to take the baggy green off but Mitch The Fighter never gave up and was back to bang ,England in his most memorable patch i.e. Ashes 2013. Mitchell Johnson was spotted by Australian legend; Dennis Lilee when he was 17 year old. Johnson had a scintillating career with the red and the white ball as he was named The ICC Player of the year in 2009 and 2014.He ends his Test cricket career as fourth highest wicket taker for Australia.

Test: 73, Wickets: 313, Average: 28.41

ODI: 153, Wickets: 239

T20:30, Wickets: 38

Mitchell Johnson Retirement: The Threat to Batters and their Scalps

Mitch would always be remembered as the bowler who brought fans to cricket as his spells, his action,his hostile attitude, his pace and aggression was all a sport fan desires and loves to watch. Mitchell brought back the era of Thompson, Lillee and Marshal’s with his menacing pace and rib tickling short deliveries. England batters can never forget what Johnson did to them in 2013 Ashes at Australian soil where he picked 37 wickets from 5 matches. Proteas were next to face this belligerent pace man as Mitch shattered South Africa in 3 matches where he took 22 wickets.

Johnson was overshadowed by fellow quickie, Mitchell Starc in World Cup 2015 but Johnson did his job quite well especially in Semis against India when he picked Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli with his ferocious deliveries. Mitch contributed well to give Aussie the World Cup in 2007 and 2015.

Mitchell changed the way of playing cricket with his aggression and yeah those Moustaches (Ashes 2013). England would always feel relieved now as Kevin Pietersen mentioned in his Autobiography that Johnson in Ashes 2013 was like a mass murderer and he thought, he may die at the pitch of Johnson’s bombarding. Sachin Tendulkar called Johnson ‘A Special Bowler’.

We wish The Menacing Mitch a wonderful life ahead.

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