Mitchell Johnson grabs couple of wickets to mark end of international career

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Mitchell Johnson signed off his international career with a hostile evening spell but was unable to prevent the second Test between Australia and New Zealand from finishing in a draw.

Johnson announced prior to the final day's play in Perth he would be hanging up his Baggy Green cap after the match, and he ensured he would go out on a personal high with two final wickets to take his Test tally to 313 from 73 matches.

The 34-year-old paceman had both New Zealand openers Tom Latham (15) and Martin Guptill (17) caught off short balls to reduce the tourists to 44 for two in pursuit of an improbable target of 321 for victory at the WACA.

However, neither Australia or Johnson could make any more breakthroughs and when bad light brought a premature end to proceedings - the match having earlier been delayed by rain - New Zealand had progressed to 104 for two thanks to first-innings heroes Ross Taylor (36no) and Kane Williamson (32no).

Johnson, who received guards of honour from both sides during the day and was carried from the pitch by team-mates at the close, finishes his international career as Australia's fourth-highest Test wicket-taker after Shane Warne (708), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).

Johnson's late burst was the highlight of an evening session that never looked like it would produce a positive result for either side, and the two rivals will head to the third and final Test in Adelaide with Australia still 1-0 up.

Australia would have been hoping to push for victory with the ball after earlier adding 127 runs to their overnight 258 for two before declaring on 385 for seven after lunch.

Captain Steve Smith and Adam Voges - who both brought up centuries before the close of day four - went for 138 and 119 respectively, while local boy Mitchell Marsh could only make one as New Zealand sought damage limitation.

Voges' departure brought Johnson to the wicket and he was applauded to the crease by the New Zealand team.

Johnson struck five boundaries - some fine drives interspersed with a few edges through the slip cordon - before seeing his final Test innings come to an end when he edged Tim Southee behind to BJ Watling having made 29.

The same combination did for Peter Nevill (35) as well - Southee finishing with figures of four for 97 - and not long after that Smith brought his players in.

That left New Zealand with a target of 321 off a minimum of 48 overs to try and set up a winner-takes-all decider in the final Test.

The Black Caps made a steady start, Latham and Guptil putting on 28 before a shower took the players off for an early tea, with Johnson getting another guard of honour, this time from his team-mates, as he left the pitch.

That was presumably done in case the players did not come back on, but they did return after a lengthy delay and Johnson - who plays his domestic cricket in Perth for Western Australia - made sure he made one final fiery statement before leaving the international scene.


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