Mitchell Johnson opens up about struggle with depression since retirement

Mitchell Johnson has revealed he’s been struggling with depression since retiring from professional cricket in 2018.

Johnson, who took 313 wickets in 73 Test appearances, including 37 at 13.97 in a legendary display of fast bowling in the 2013-14 Ashes, spoke emotionally about the issue during the filming of Channel 7’s SAS Australia.

“I’ve found it tougher since retiring from cricket,” Johnson said. “All of a sudden, you’re not doing as much. You sort of lose your purpose a little bit.”

Now aged 38, Johnson retired from Test cricket in 2015 but played on for three further seasons in the IPL and Big Bash.

“I struggle with, probably, confidence at times. I’m in that transition now where I’ve been out of playing cricket for about two years,” he said.

And when asked by the presenters if he’d found retirement hard, Johnson responded: “Yeah plenty of times. I found out I’ve got depression ……

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