RISING FROM THE ASHES, THEN WINNING THE ASHES
To Johnson, to a stunning comeback, to winning the Ashes, to calling it a day at the peak of his career.
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson retired from all forms of international cricket. The 34-year-old took two wickets on the final day of the drawn second Test against New Zealand in Perth. He’s one player who hit rock-bottom in his career, but then came back only to have the cricketing world in awe of him.
Johnson is Australia's fourth highest Test wicket-taker with 313 in 73 matches and 239 one-day wickets. He was also a useful lower order batsman with a kitty of 11 fifties and one century in a career run haul of 2,034.
"I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. I have been lucky to have a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment 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.” he said.
Johnson has faced several and severe lows in his career, but then, he rose from the ashes only to hit a new high every time – with the World Cup win of Australia being the best of them all. He admits he had difficult periods: the abuse from England supporters during the 2010-11 Ashes defeat, the broken toe he suffered in 2011, then being left out of the 2013 Ashes tour.
"I had hit a pretty low period in my career, if I'd just walked away I'd have had regrets," he said.
"Coming back from that was probably one of the best moments of my career, proving to a lot of people, including myself, I had that inner strength. I was able to enjoy an Ashes series win in Australia, probably one of the happiest moments of my career. I'm really glad I did that."
Johnson shows that with a bold spirit, you can turn adversities to your advantage.
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