Mitchell Johnson is enjoying his stint with the Scorchers in the Big Bash League but says playing for Australia is another level again.
Mitchell Johnson is enjoying his stint with the Scorchers in the Big Bash League but says playing for Australia is another level again. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Johnson insists his Australia days are over

CHAMPION Australian quick Mitchell Johnson has knocked talk of playing for Australia again, declaring he's no longer good enough to star at international level.

The fearsome fast bowler terrorised batsmen for a decade before retiring from all forms of international cricket in November 2015.

He's since become a gun for hire on the T20 circuit and his impressive form for the BBL's ladder-leading Perth Scorchers has prompted calls for a return to the national team.

Johnson has taken seven wickets at an average of 20 and hit near top speeds during his quick bursts for the Scorchers.

Former Test teammate, and Australia's No.1 spinner, Nathan Lyon made the suggestion on Thursday that Johnson could be called on for a comeback.

It isn't far fetched, considering Australia's next T20 fixtures against Sri Lanka will be played while the Test team is in India - removing short-form spearhead Mitchell Starc as well as Josh Hazlewood and potentially James Faulkner, Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins.

But it was quickly shut down by his good friend Johnson, who suggested there were younger bowlers in better form - such as Scorchers hat-trick man Andrew Tye - who deserved selection more.

"I don't think that will ever happen,” Johnson told reporters.

"The ears prick up a little bit. But I'm happy playing this sort of format (domestically). It's a lot more relaxed.

"I feel like there's a bit more of that fun playing the Big Bash.

"When you go to that next level, there's definitely something different. You really have to step up. I'm probably not up to that standard.

"There's other guys there that are playing much better - AJ Tye for instance. He's playing much-better cricket than I am.”



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