Johnson looks to become T20 allrounder

Australia

After his retirement from international cricket Mitchell Johnson, has indicated a desire to reinvent himself as a T20 allrounder.

The former Australia fast bowler has registered an interest to sign on for domestic T20 franchises across the globe, but not in his traditional fast bowling role.

In a recent interview with cricket.com.au, Johnson was asked about his post retirement plans and said: “I’ll look at the Big Bash, I haven’t played in the Big Bash yet so it would be something to tick off,

“A lot of the (Australian) guys talk about how big it’s become and it’s a really exciting tournament now, the crowds are definitely turning up for it and really enjoying it.

“Then look at the Pakistan League, the IPL again and maybe the Caribbean (Premier League).

“It’s still something I’m thinking about right now and I’m not in a rush to make a decision just yet, but maybe change my role in the team in certain conditions.

“Maybe become a bit more of a batting all-rounder or something like that."

Johnson proved handy with the bat on occasion for Australia, most notably when he struck an unbeaten 123 off 103 balls against South Africa in Cape Town in 2009, and scored over 2000 Test runs for Australia.

The 34-year-old isn't quite ready to quit terrifying batsmen yet though, adding: “As long as I can still bowl a couple of balls at that 145 mark and still rattle a few guys, I think that’s still a good weapon to have.”

Townsville-born Johnson, is aware that bowling in T20s is a challenge for any bowler especially a quick, saying: “It’s Twenty20 cricket and you’ve just got to be a bit smarter, it’s not about bowling fast all the time as I’ve found out in IPL,

“You can’t just bowl fast every ball, especially on those wickets you need to be able to adapt quickly and use your changes of pace."

The Aussie great realises that not every franchise will be interested in signing him up because conditions might not suit him, but the left-armer is not going to let that get to him, saying: “It always depends on conditions.

“Whether (T20 franchise) teams are interested or not … if it doesn’t happen that way, then I’m not too fussed about it.

“But if I get that opportunity again, then I’d give 100 per cent and I always want to do the best job for the team.”

The big fast bowler has featured for the Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and while he signed on to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash he was not able to fulfill that commitment.

It is unclear if Johnson will feature for the Scorchers in the 2016/17 edition, or if he will turn out for the Brisbane Heat in his native Queensland.

 

 

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