Mitchell Johnson prepares to bowl for the Scorchers.
Mitchell Johnson prepares to bowl for the Scorchers. ROB BLAKERS

Mitchell Johnson not planning international return

CRICKET: Mitchell Johnson delivers the ball at great pace, and the left-armer was equally quick hose down any rumours of a return to the national T20 side.

The 35-year was unplayable as he led his Perth Scorchers into another Big Bash League final by taking a record 3-3 from four overs in their semi-final on Tuesday night at the WACA Ground.

"I don't think I want to play to be honest. I don't think it would be as enjoyable for me,” Johnson responded when asked whether he would consider coming out international retirement.

"I've had my moment in the sun (with Australia) ... 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. It's too much stress at the top level.”

Johnson has already confirmed he would like to play for the Scorchers again next season - win, lose or draw Saturday's final - as well as have another stint in the Indian Premier League and maybe even England's domestic T20 competition.

Johnson has claimed 12 wickets in eight BBL matches this season and will be a key for the Scorchers in their fifth final in six years. They have won two titles.


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