Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson confirmed his availability for the next edition of the Big Bash League and other T-20 Leagues especially cash-rich and one of the most popular league in the world Indian Premier League. The left-arm pacer also cleared that he did not want to return to the international cricket as it is too stressful level for any player.
In an exclusive with the Wisden India, where Johnson cleared that he did not want to return to international cricket while confirmed that he will continue to play T20 cricket.
He said, “Too stressful at the highest level. When that’s getting thrown in your face it’s like, ‘It would be nice to play’ but I don’t think I want to play (again for Australia), to be honest. I don’t think it would be as enjoyable for me.”
The pace super-head further added, “I had my moment in the sun and that’s done and dusted. These young guys are still playing better cricket than what I am. I just don’t think it would work. JL (Justin Langer, the Perth head coach) is the coach for the next (Australia) Twenty20s but it’s too much stress at the top level.”
Recently, the fast bowler shows his eagerness for playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League this year. Johnson added on this, “I’m definitely keen,” Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. “(I’m) Looking at a few IPL (clubs), I was close to signing in the Pakistan Super League. I think fresh is best. Seems like it works all right. The fresher I stay the better.”
He further added, “I still want to play a few games throughout the year. There’s a few little tournaments, not so serious tournaments, that are around later in the year but definitely keen to play for the Scorchers. I will miss playing here (at the WACA ground) but the new stadium would be nice to play at as well.”
Mitchell’s teammates Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan said that at the English County teams in their Championship might be spots available and he will look forward to trying his hand at the NatWest T20 Blast. The pacer added, “It (playing in England) has been mentioned. Belly (Bell) and Breso (Bresnan) sort of mentioned that there might be an option. That’s possibly an option because it’s later in the year. As for now, I just wait for this final and then look at the IPL and see what happens after that.”
If he got a chance to play in the T20 league in England, which means that Johnson has to rub shoulders with his on-field competitor Kevin Pietersen. He said on this, “I don’t hold any grudges. That’s where this has been a good tournament because there’s been a few guys I’ve come up against which I might have had a few run-ins with and he was definitely one of them. I know in the last couple of years, our (Johnson and Pietersen) relationship probably got a little better. As for calling each other up, that’s never happened.”
Johnson concluded, “I did see he said something on Twitter after I retired that it was great playing against me and those kinds of things. It was really nice and you should have relationships from playing cricket. Who knows, if I do go over (to England), maybe there’s an opportunity to play in his team and to work alongside him.”