Johnson retires from international cricket

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has retired from all international and First Class cricket, with the current Test against New Zealand in Perth his finale, as he bows out at age 34.

Johnson has played 73 Tests for the Baggy Green, a rollercoaster ride of sublime form and dire efforts over the years, but will be remembered by current fans for his 37 wickets in the 2013/14 Ashes.

He said before the Test in Perth that he thought about retiring almost every day, having watched five team mates do the same after the Ashes this year, and has opted to join them after a lacklustre effort at the WACA this week.

Johnson explained: "I feel now is the best time to say goodbye. 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.

"My family have been by my side throughout and I could not have achieved all I have without their support. They have made a lot of sacrifices, especially my beautiful wife Jess who has provided me with unconditional support, and I am incredibly grateful for that.

"They say the greatest thing about playing sport is the friends you make along the way and I have been fortunate enough to play and work with some incredible people and have cemented lifelong friendships.

"I would certainly like to thank the people of Australia, and all those around the world, who have supported me. The encouragement I have received has been extremely humbling and playing in front of them is certainly something I will miss."

Johnson ends his career with 311 Test wickets, fourth most for Australia.