Australian Pace Bowler Mitchell Johnson Retires From International Cricket

17/11/2015 12:25 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 16: Mitchell Johnson of Australia points to the scoreboard while walking from the field during day four of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand at WACA on November 16, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has retired from international cricket -- making the WACA Test against New Zealand his official swansong.

Johnson, 34, is Australia's fourth greatest Test wicket taker with 311 scalps from 73 Tests. He sits behind only Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).

The left-arm paceman was one of Australia's most enigmatic and feared ever bowlers.

He had the aggression and focus to completely take over matches, indeed series, at a time.

Spells in South Africa in 2008 and 2010 and the 2013 Ashes series in Australia particularly stand out as defining moments of Johnson's career.

He was also a dogged left-handed batsmen and often held the Australian tail together with some plucky shot-making. He averaged 22.35 for 2034 runs, 11 half-centuries -- and a highest score of 123 not out against South Africa.

"I feel now is the best time to say goodbye," Johnson announced.

"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."

Johnson, born in Queensland, plied his trade in Western Australia -- making the WACA finale a fitting way to end his career.

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