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':
Faf Du Plessis:
Mitchell Johnson announces retirement. A lot of batsmen around the world will breathe easy
Mitchell Johnson announces retirement. A lot of batsmen around the world will breathe easy— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 17, 2015