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Johnson ‘didn’t want to play’ amid ‘toxic’ culture of Michael Clarke’s reign

  • Mitchell Johnson pans Australian cricket culture during Mickey Arthur era
  • ‘There was different little factions going on and it was very toxic’

Retired spearhead Mitchell Johnson has painted a bleak picture of Australia’s team culture under Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur, describing it as fractured and “toxic”.

Johnson, who recently released his autobiography, Resilient, suggested things were so bad that some team-mates didn’t want to play. The left-armer was one of four players suspended for not completing a feedback task during Australia’s shambolic tour of India in 2013. Clarke and Arthur both rubber stamped the punishments.

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Mitchell Johnson: a bowler who at his peak was capable of remarkable feats | Russell Jackson

The Australian quick’s awesome displays of hairy, wild, throwback fast bowling made the sheer sight of Test cricket as great as it’s ever been

For a bowler of Mitchell Johnson’s explosive pace, there’s probably no surer sign that it’s time to retire than seeing Perth morph into a batsman’s paradise, and so it has proven with the Australian calling it quits on the final morning of this run-spree Test against New Zealand.

Having turned out to be Johnson’s international swansong, there has been no shortage of symbolism in this game; youthful Mitchell Starc piercing the 160kmph barrier as senior pro Johnson lagged in the 130s; Johnson passing the Test wicket tally of Brett Lee, the express bowler whose mantle he himself had once taken; the Waca Ground and its once-great pitch – made so in large part by Johnson’s mentor Dennis Lillee – also headed for the knackery.

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson retires from international cricket

  • Paceman to call it day at end of second Test against New Zealand
  • Johnson has played 73 Test matches for Australia and taken 311 wickets

Mitchell Johnson has called time on his international career, with the fast bowler announcing his intention to retire at the conclusion of the current second Test match against New Zealand in Perth.

“I feel now is the best time to say goodbye,” Johnson said. “I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career and enjoyed every moment of playing for my country. It’s been an incredible ride.

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Mitchell Johnson believes he’s reopened England’s Ashes scars

• England close on 85-4, chasing Australia’s 566-8
• Top order again misfires as tourists take charge
Read Mike Selvey’s day two report

Mitchell Johnson hopes he has reopened scars from the last Ashes series after his two-wicket burst helped reduce England to 85 for four by the close of day two at Lord’s and trailing by 481 runs.

Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes will resume an unbroken stand of 55 on Saturday after the Australia fast bowler’s double and one apiece for fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood saw the hosts lose their first four wickets for 30 runs in the space of 10.3 overs.

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Australia’s Dad’s Army under fire but Darren Lehmann says don’t panic | Barney Ronay

England totally outplayed Australia in the first Ashes Test and Michael Clarke’s side need to recover quickly, with few options to improve their battered team

Darren Lehmann could probably be excused a lack of deep forensic knowledge of British TV light entertainment of the 1970s. Still, it was slightly unfortunate Australia’s coach should choose to brush aside concerns over the trajectory of a team described by some as a Dad’s Army by echoing the favoured catchphrase of the doddery but dogged Lance Corporal Jones. Don’t panic!

Australia may have been out-batted, out-bowled, out-caught and out-captained in Cardiff. There may be concerns over the fitness, form and general infirmity of assorted senior players. But as Australia prepared to leave Cardiff, Lehmann was still insisting, publicly, that a 169-run defeat in the first Ashes Tests was simply “a minor hiccup”.

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How England and Australia compared in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff

There was little joy for Australia in the first Test of the 2015 Ashes, as England dominated them in nearly every facet of the game, from batting and bowling, to captaincy and build-up to Lord’s

England could hardly have asked for more in the first innings, passing 400 for the first time in an Ashes Test in four and a half years. Perhaps as important as the volume of runs, though, was the manner in which they scored them, rattling along at 4.2 an over. There were, to use one of cricketers’ favourite maxims, positives to be taken, even in failure: Alastair Cook was sharply snaffled by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, but his positive intent in looking to attack a spinner whose bowling had been plundered by county sides in the warm-up matches was the right approach. OK, a cut against a top-spinning delivery with a hard bouncy ball might not have been the wisest shot, but it set the tone for England’s attitude throughout the match.

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Stuart Broad emerges victorious from duel with Mitchell Johnson | Ali Martin

Fast bowler Johnson had joke at Broad’s expense but last laugh was on Australian as he finished England innings wicketless and at great cost

The message mimed by a smiling Mitchell Johnson to the canary yellow-capped travelling support ensconced down at fine leg was crude in its simplicity: Stuart Broad, in his opinion, wasn’t enjoying himself out in the middle. In fact, a change of trousers might be in order.

By the end of the following over he was delivering another missive, this time kissing the badge on his baggy green cap in the direction of the home fans who were celebrating the fast bowler’s figures, freshly delivered on the electronic scoreboard to a cacophony of cheers.

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You are the Umpire: Mitchell Johnson

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Sport picture of the day: Jumping for joy

Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson soars through the air as he celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma during the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final. Johnson was celebrating again later when Australia bowled out India for 233, securing an emphatic 95-run victory and setting up a World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday

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Australia and Sri Lanka in entertaining hit-out in Sydney – video

Australia’s 64-run victory over Sri Lanka at the 2015 Cricket World Cup secures them a quarter-final spot. Both sides showed batting prowess, with Kumar Sangakkara hitting his third consecutive century of the tournament. But it was a partnership of 160…

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Australia and Sri Lanka in entertaining hit-out in Sydney – video

Australia’s 64-run victory over Sri Lanka at the 2015 Cricket World Cup secures them a quarter-final spot. Both sides showed batting prowess, with Kumar Sangakkara hitting his third consecutive century of the tournament. But it was a partnership of 160…

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Mitchell Johnson: Eoin Morgan dreaming over ‘no pressure on England’

• England captain claims World Cup heat will be piled on Australia
• Johnson to continue with short ball: ‘It’s a big part of the game’
• England blown away in Tri-Series final by Australia
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Mitchell Johnson: Eoin Morgan dreaming over ‘no pressure on England’

• England captain claims World Cup heat will be piled on Australia
• Johnson to continue with short ball: ‘It’s a big part of the game’
• England blown away in Tri-Series final by Australia
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England captain Eoin Morgan reluctant to distort Mitchell Johnson effect

• Morgan: I think it probably could have been anybody bowling
• England one-day loss is eighth of past nine against Australia
Read Chris Stocks’ match report

The first step towards addressing a problem is admitting you actually have one. England, though, appear to be in denial about the psychological hold Mitchell Johnson has over them right now.

Eoin Morgan, England’s one-day captain, certainly was not in the mood to admit anything about the effect Australia’s fast bowler has on his team, the Irishman playing down Johnson’s impact during the 112-run defeat in this Tri-Series final.

Related: England blown away in Tri-Series final as Mitchell Johnson shines

Related: Michael Clarke shrugs off rumours of row with Cricket Australia

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England blown away in Tri-Series final as Mitchell Johnson shines

• Australia 278-8 | England 166 all out
• Mitchell Johnson takes three wickets and Glenn Maxwell takes four
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Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has not seen England in action since Ashes

• ‘I haven’t actually watched them play since the Ashes,’ says pace bowler
Taylor and Buttler steer England to win over India in Tri-Series
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England warned Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is raring to go

• Darren Lehmann confirms Johnson ready for Tri-Series final
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Australia’s Mitchell Starc replaces Mitchell Johnson for final India Test

Johnson not risked with ODIs and World Cup on horizonShane Watson cleared to play despite illnessAustralia have made one change for the fourth Test against India, with Mitchell Starc replacing injured paceman Mitchell Johnson in the XI that played in M…

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Mitchell Johnson ruled out of fourth Test against India

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Australia’s Mitchell Johnson misses fourth India Test with injury

• Australia pace bowler ruled out with hamstring soreness
• Mitchell Johnson set to be fit to face India and England in Tri Series
Australia seal series victory after third Test draw

Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the fourth Test between Australia and India in Sydney with a sore hamstring, though the Australians hope he will regain fitness in time for the following one-day series against India and England.

The Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Mitchell had some right hamstring soreness during the Boxing Day Test and we have been closely monitoring his recovery since that match but feel he has not fully recovered.

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