The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) today paid tribute to Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson following the announcement that he will retire from all international forms of cricket.
ACA President Greg Dyer paid tribute to Johnson.
"Mitchell was identified early in his career as a player of enormous talent and potential. That he has been able to work so hard to become such a formidable player over a long period is testament to his determination and sheer will.
“He’s endured his share of setbacks over his career but Mitchell's ability to continually bounce back from adversity is a tremendous reflection of his character. He has been a match winner and an exhilarating player to watch in full flight.”
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson also praised Johnson for his contribution to the game.
"Mitchell will go down in history as one of the cricket's greatest-ever strike bowlers," he said.
"His ability to combine ferocious pace, bounce and swing allowed him to tear through some of the world's best batting outfits. That he finishes as Australia's fourth highest-ever Test wicket taker is a fitting reflection of his wonderful contribution to the game. His contribution in ODI and T20 formats have been similarly impressive, with World Cup and Ashes success amongst his achievements.
"Mitchell is well-liked throughout the cricket fraternity and incredibly well respected by his peers. He will be remembered as a champion of the game - and rightly so.
“On behalf of all ACA members, I'd like to thank Mitchell for his outstanding service to international cricket and wish him, wife Jessica and daughter Rubika all the very best in the future.”
72 Tests: 310 wickets @ 28.10
152 ODIs: 239 wickets @ 25.26
30 T20Is: 38 wickets @ 20.97
116 First-class matches: 462 wickets @ 28.51
184 List-A matches: 284 wickets @ 26.01
79 T20s: 92 wickets @ 24.50
Allan Border Medallist 2014
ICC Test Player of the Year 2014
ICC Player of the Year 2009