Scorchers strike bowler Mitchell Johnson has credited the Club’s fans and his stint in the Championship-winning KFC Big Bash League |06 with a rekindling of his passion for the game’s shortest form.
Johnson was ranked third in the competition’s economy rankings, going for less than a run a ball at 5.91, and was fourth on the wicket-takers’ list with 13, despite missing one match in the season.
His 3-3 from four overs was the tournament’s best-ever figures and set-up the Scorchers’ dominant win over the Melbourne Stars in the semi-final.
The 35-year-old, who retired from international cricket in November 2015, was initially uncertain of the role he would play in the Scorchers’ BBL|06 season, but said he was glad he ended up playing the part he did.
“Very satisfied that I did play in the end – it was an amazing feeling,” Johnson said.
“Playing international cricket, I probably felt like I didn’t enjoy Twenty20 as much, but just seeing the support that we’ve had throughout the tournament and speaking to the guys about the profile that it’s lifted for them, it’s amazing.
“Guys go to the shop and everyone’s asking them how they’re feeling and saying, ‘Good luck for the season’.
“It’s phenomenal, it’s amazing for Perth.
“The tournament’s run really well and we can see (from the crowds) that everyone loves the game, so hopefully we can keep performing.”