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Three highlights that sum up Mitchell Johnson's career

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Very few players in the world strike fear into the eyes of batsmen more than Mitchell Johnson, who last week confirmed his retirement from international cricket after taking over 300 wickets for the Baggy Greens.

He has given us plenty of memorable moments over the course of his career, but here are three highlights you simply can't forget.

"Chirping"

As far as sledging goes, the Ashes has provided some hilarious reading for fans across the world. But there's nothing like seeing an arrogant Austrailian get egg on his face courtesy of a typical James Anderson yorker.

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"Why you chirping now mate" the Western Austrailian spouted as England's leading wicket-taker bounded into his popping crease, subsequently removing Ryan Harris and resulting in one of the best cricketing videos readily available on YouTube.

24-yard ball

When facing Johnson at Edgbaston 2014, Joe Root could expect a few things.

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Intolerable pace, sharp in-swing and face-glancing bouncers. But, with the game in its closing stages, England needed 20 to win with eight wickets in hand.

Johnson's seventh over contained a two foot wide - a feat that can only be explained by watching it yourself. He released the ball a clear two yards before his mark, leaving Root, the umpires and the whole of the Birmingham ground in tears.

Johnson vs Broad

Ask any amateur cricketer and he'll tell you that the one of the worst aspects of batting indoors is the dreaded toe-breaking yorker or off-the-tiles bouncer from the club quickie.

Watch Stuart Broad against Johnson at any point in the 2013/14 series and you'll see a similar response; dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge is the way which Ben Stiller would have described it.

The Nottinghamshire bowler struggled from the first ball with the boomeranging Duke ball threatening both his toes and his upper body, but in fairness in a series where Johnson took 37 wickets at an incredible average of 13.37.

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