Mitchell Johnson pulled the pin on his Test career after the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA three weeks ago, but didn’t rule out playing in a slew of domestic competitions around the world.
With many Big Bash clubs already filling their rosters prior to Johnson’s retirement, the left-armer wasn’t able to pick from the full list of teams and the squads that could squeeze him in wouldn’t have had much money left in the salary cap with which to pay him.
He toyed with the idea of playing for Perth Scorchers, before coach Justin Langer admitted the franchise had missed out on Johnson’s signature.
(It) is a real shame because I think everyone in Australia was hoping he’d play.
- Langer told 6PR radio.
“And I really respect where he’s at. He retired for a reason and he won’t be playing.”
The decision was confirmed by Johnson’s management to cricket.com.au on Friday.
Johnson’s move echoes that of former Test captain Michael Clarke, who had actually signed a two-year deal with Melbourne Stars before he retired, only to opt out of the first year upon reflection after he left the international game.
Johnson’s fellow fast bowler Ryan Harris retired from all forms of cricket at the start of this year’s Ashes series while Chris Rogers is restricting himself to one last season of county cricket next year, but other retirees such as Shane Watson and Brad Haddin will feature in the Big Bash this summer.
Not having Johnson play for the Scorchers is a big blow for the competition from a marketing perspective, but the defending champions would also dearly love to have him on board from a cricketing point-of-view.
With left-armer Jason Behrendorff still out injured and Nathan Coulter-Nile called up to the Test squad, the Scorchers pace stocks are looking slightly thinner heading into this season.