Former Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of the game’s laws. The club made the announcement on 18 August 2019, at Lord’s, during the second Ashes Test between Australia and England which ended in a draw. Johnson, who has played 73 international Test matches for Australia claiming 313 wickets at an average of 28.40, was “blown away” by the honour.
- Johnson made his debut for Australia in 2005 and hung up his boots a decade later in 2015. He was a part of Australia’s two successful World Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2015.
- The speedster represented Australia in 153 One Day Internationals picking up 239 wickets and 30 Twenty 20 Internationals in which he claimed 38 scalps. The MCC also took to Twitter to announce his membership.
- Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC) is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord's Cricket Ground, which it owns, in St John's Wood, London, England. The club was formerly the governing body of cricket in England and Wales and, as the sport's legislator, held considerable global influence.
- In 1788, the MCC took responsibility for the Laws of Cricket, issuing a revised version that year. Although changes to the Laws are now determined by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the copyright is still owned by MCC.