Johnson keen to go again in Big Bash

Mitchell Johnson of the Perth Scorchers.
Mitchell Johnson of the Perth Scorchers. ROB BLAKERS

MITCHELL Johnson won't be making a return to international cricket - but another crack at the Big Bash? Yes, please.

And he'd also like a redemption shot in the Indian Premier League.

The terrifying left-arm quick's first Big Bash season since retiring from the international game in 2015 has gone so well that a return to the international scene has been mooted.

And while that won't be happening, he insists, he's ready to sign on the dotted line for next year's BBL.

"If I was to get something to sign right now, I probably would, if it was in front of me," Johnson told

Johnson was released by IPL team the King's XI after a disappointing tournament last year, but that experience hasn't killed off his interest in the high-profile competition - nor has it hurt his own stock in India.

The 73-Test veteran has fielded interest from multiple IPL teams as well as those in the Pakistan Super League.

"I've had offers from the Pakistan league, I'm chatting now with IPL teams and am looking at what I'm going to do there - whether I go into the auction, and what I need to do," he said.

"I'm really keen on that."

At 35, Johnson admits he doesn't have the same rigorous training regime that helped him through a decade-long international career but he believes that will work in his favour when it comes to extending his time in the game through the various T20 leagues.

"The body is still holding up well, and I only have to bowl four overs," he said.

"I'm not training like I used to but I don't need to be training for 12 months of the year - it's only for a short tournament.

"As long as the body holds up and I'm playing my role in the team, I'll play as long as I feel like I'm enjoying it."

Johnson has taken nine wickets at an average of 20 to be Perth Scorchers' most dangerous bowler leading into their semi-final showdown with Melbourne Stars on Tuesday night.

And while it won't shock anyone that he still has enough in the tank to put some fear into opposition batsmen, Johnson admits he's been surprised at how much enjoyment the BBL has given him.

"I've had so much fun, surprisingly because mid-year I wasn't too sure about playing the Big Bash," he said.

"I'm really glad that I have now. I've seen the side that everyone was talking about, I've seen the crowds that we've been getting have been amazing and the entertainment behind it.

"It's been brilliant. When I was playing international cricket I probably didn't find Twenty20 cricket that enjoyable."


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