Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has called time on his international career at the age of 34. Johnson will bow out of all forms of international cricket following the conclusion of the current Test against New Zealand which will finish on Tuesday 17 March. He will depart as his country's fourth highest Test wicket taker, having amassed a tally of 311 in 73 matches in an eight-year career.
"I feel now is the best time to say goodbye," Johnson said in a statement via Cricket Australia. "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.
"My career has certainly had its up and downs but I can honestly say I have given it my all and am proud of everything I have achieved. To win an Ashes Series and a Cricket World Cup is something I will treasure forever."
Johnson played the role of England's tormentor-in-chief as Australia white-washed their opponents in 2013-14 with the fast bowler personally claiming 37 wickets.
He also retires with a haul of 239 wickets in 153 one-day international matches and 38 in 30 Twenty20 matches.