Johnson thought about retiring after Ashes

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says he also considered retiring from the game after the recent Ashes defeat in England but wants to push himself now that he is a senior member of the team.

Michel Clarke, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson all called time on the Test careers after the England tour and Johnson, having played a lot of cricket with those guys, almost followed suit.

However, after the having a six-week break after the Ashes, the 33 year-old paceman is raring to go in the new season.

Asked if thought about following his teammates and hang up his boots, Johnson said: "It definitely has crossed my mind, especially with the guys retiring.

"A lot of those guys I played a lot of cricket with [have moved on] and it definitely makes you question yourself.

"I definitely have questioned myself in the six weeks I've been home, but I had that desire when I saw the young guys out there performing and it really urged me and pushed me to get out there and play.

"I actually went for a run and was pushing myself."

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