Mitchell Johnson has officially signed with the Perth Scorchers for the coming Big Bash season, with the club confirming what many cricket insiders suspected.
Johnson, who retired from Tests last November, had been widely touted as being a new recruit for the Scorchers, who lost popular spinner Brad Hogg to the Melbourne Renegades.
The paceman said he had no intention of moving interstate.
“I was never going anywhere else and always wanted to stay here and be part of the community,” Johnson said.
“It’s exciting to be able to play Twenty20 cricket.
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“To be able to play for the Perth Scorchers, where I live and where I’m based, is perfect for me.
“A lot of the boys have told me about the Big Bash and how good it’s become, not only from a spectator’s point of view but also from a player’s point of view.”
Although he has never played in the Big Bash League, Johnson has played previously in the Indian Premier League and boasts 30 wickets from 38 T20 internationals.