Johnson hails special end to international career

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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."