Retirement of Mitchell Johnson

And just like that, he retired.


Today Mitchell G Johnson is involved in has last day of international cricket.

What are your thoughts?

What are your memories?



  1. Mitchell Johnson has been like the little girl with the curl on her forehead. There was a big journey from his very best to his very worst. For the former, his demolition of the Poms in 2013-14 is almost without equal. For the latter the first session of the Lords test of 2009 is a sad stand out. A top cricketer,hope he enjoys his post cricket life.


  2. A complex character. The first Gen Y Test player??

  3. Mitch Johnson’s Adelaide Ashes spell in 2013 was one of the most thrilling spells of bowling ever. At his best he intimidated like few others. Just ask Stuart Broad’s back foot and leg stump. Finally worn down by a WACA pitch and a drop of pace that meant he no longer intimidates. Will be remembered at his best – pure menace.

  4. In those impossibly intimidating days, you couldn’t look away.
    “What will he do here?”

    His clean hitting.

    When the levers pulling those muscles got the message, he was a force.

    So much fog and cloud disrupting that message, too, for years at a time.
    Interesting to watch from afar.

    90% of anything seems to be half mental.

  5. Malcolm Ashwood says

    I think of Doug Walters both fantastic cricketers but never conquered playing in England.As Dave says above the spell here in Adelaide was incredible and to be there with the atmosphere was a privilege that spell reminded me of Jeff Thompson in 74-75 pure intimidation Mitch could seriously bat and could have been a genuine all rounder

  6. Peter Warrington says

    I always thought we murdered him in England in 09. Whilst he was toilet at Lords he had the Poms hopping all over the place at times. He still managed to average the same as Siddle on his two tours, and much better than Brett Lee ever did.

    Social media magnifies everything.

    Brutally quick and skiddy death. Was so great to get that feeling back – just watching him physically dismember SA over there, the best bats in the world helpless against him. Then the tragedy of poor Phil made me rethink it all again. But it was what it was.

    Gonna miss him in the re-blanding of Australian cricket.

  7. The WACA’s demise must be the final straw for quicks. Nothing but featherbeds and drop ins in Australia. Slow and low in England. Dusty turners in the sub-continent.
    What did he have left to look forward to? I really admire the way he triumphed over his mental demons and became a really threatening and terrifying bowler.
    RIP Mitch. The canary in the test cricket coalmine.

  8. Mitchell Johnson has been our best fast bowler since Glenn McGrath. I don’t rate Brett Lee with him, as Johnson at hi speak was a match winner, Lee never was. Even his final day of test cricket was really good. A handy contribution with the bat , then two wickets in a brutal spell. He is number four in our list of test wicket takers and number one for Australian left armers.

    Good on him.


  9. Mitch Johnson captured my son’s cricketing imagination, in the same way his mentor Dennis Lillee did mine. Our first cricketing heroes.

    And now JD Jnr can send ’em down pretty quick for an 8 year old.

    Thanks Mitch.

  10. Not poetry in motion like Lillee — reminded me more of the Shaun Tait sling. Gave us armchair viewers plenty of good times, though.
    Chaotic on his down days, unplayable on his best; intimidating and unpredictable throughout. How many other fast bowlers could have a broken bones column beside their tally of wickets and runs? Maybe this, after Phil Hughes’ passing, was what tamed him. Day by day, a dad can become ever more aware of the legacy he creates.
    So, kudos for walking rather than fading away. Cricket will need a real entertainer to fill his shoes.

  11. Yeah, looking at his record, Glen, Brett Lee was good at brutalising some teams – Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand. His only outstanding series was against South Africa in South Africa with 17 wickets in 3 tests at 19.5

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