Steven Smith, the captain of the Australian test and One Day International team, has showered praise on his retiring teammate and one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Mitchell Johnson, saying that when the Queenslander was at his best, it was nightmarish for any batsman in the world to handle him.
Johnson would no longer be featuring in Australian jersey as he has made the sudden decision to walk away from the international scenes after a period of 12 months or so where he has been largely out of form.
Johnson had been at his peak during the 2013 Season when he had managed to absolutely torment the touring English side and had helped Australia clinch a 5-0 Ashes series win against all odds.
Johnson continued his rhythm on the tour of South Africa as well which followed right after that 2013 Ashes and played a big role in Australia emerging victorious there, but, he suffered a dip thereafter and the 5-wicket hauls somehow just dried up.
He kept putting on good performances here and there, like the one which came against India in the World Cup semi final and also, the one against England in Lord’s earlier this year. But, the intimidating factor was missing and ahead of this Australian summer, some of the experts of Australian Cricket had even predicted that considering his lack of form and increasing age, the southpaw might look to retire at some point of time during the home season and that’s what he did.
However, the announcement to come in the middle of a series was not something that people would have expected.
This is an important series for Australia as they are taking on New Zealand who have been consistent performers in test matches overseas in the recent times
The score line is 1-0 in the favour of the kangaroos at the moment, but, there is one more game to go and the Black Caps might bounce back to square it up. The absence of Johnson would be an advantage for them.