Johnson hails special end to international career


Mitchell Johnson admitted he struggled to hold back his emotions at the end of the final day of his international career.

Johnson's time in international cricket came to a close on Tuesday in the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth.

The left-arm seamer had earlier announced his intention to call it a career after 73 Tests, 153 one-day internationals and 30 Twenty20s.

And Johnson had plenty of the reason to celebrate on the fifth day of the second Test, taking 2-20, although his efforts were not enough to prevent the match ending in a draw.

The 34-year-old was carried off to a standing ovation at the WACA after the umpires brought play to a close due to bad light.

"There's a fair bit of emotion when the boys picked me up almost brought a tear to my eye," Johnson told Channel 9 at the end of play.

"It's been special for me, New Zealand made me feel special by giving me the guard of honour [when he came out to bat].

"It [the guard of honour] did make me feel a little uncomfortable. I enjoyed the day, it felt really special. I really appreciate it.

"I think this moment right now is real standout [moment of his career] for me, just to be able to walk off and feel real proud of my career."

Johnson ends his career with 313 Test wickets, fourth on the all-time list for Australia behind Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Denis Lillee.

He added: "When you start your career you definitely don't feel like you can reach those milestones."