Perth, Nov 17: Searing Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson today announced his retirement from all international cricket at the end of the ongoing Test against New Zealand, joining a host of fellow veterans who recently called it quits.
"I feel now is the best time to say goodbye," the 34-year-old said in a statement ahead of the fifth day's play at Perth's WACA Ground. (Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson retires)
The sudden announcement from the Aussie pacer took the cricketing world by surprise. Following his declaration, cricketing legends from all over the world paid tribute to the left-armer and fourth successful Australian bowler in Tests of all time. They wished him all the very best for the 2nd innings of his life and claimed batsmen all over world would now take a sigh of relief.
Here is how cricketers and commentators congratulated the 'special bowler':
Incredible athlete! Congrats on a magnificent career @MitchJohnson398— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 17, 2015
Faf Du Plessis:
Congrats @MitchJohnson398 on a remarkable career👏Always enjoyed the onfield tussle with you mate.Good luck with your retirement👍— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 17, 2015
.@MitchJohnson398 bowled rockets and still does!! Congrats on scaring the life out of every batsmen around the world mate, it was great 😧— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) November 17, 2015
All the England lads will be celebrating they won't have to face @MitchJohnson398 again in Australia.... Great career & a Great man..— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 17, 2015
Brings tears to my eyes to think that I won't play again with my great mate @MitchJohnson398. Great team man, great friend & cricket legend— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) November 17, 2015
Mitchell Johnson announces retirement. A lot of batsmen around the world will breathe easy— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 17, 2015
There must be a strong reason to go mid-series for @MitchJohnson398. Unless the tank just dried and it became too big an effort to play..— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 17, 2015
Johnson says that it has been an incredible ride..batsmen who faced him would say it was one helluva scary ride. Happy 2nd innings! #Retires— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 17, 2015
Congratulations to Mitchell Johnson who will retire from all forms of international cricket following today's play. pic.twitter.com/xoabSO3105— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) November 17, 2015