Mitchell Johnson. (Source: Twitter)

Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he has been struggling with depression since retiring from the game. The left-handed seamer who scalped 313 wickets in 73 matches for Australia spoke 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.”

“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 … but I think the depression was something I’ve had even from a younger age.

“It [cricket] sort of blocked things out in a way. It sort of hid the depression, but there was a lot of times where you would go back to your room, you’re away from family and you start to dwell on things.

“Through my cricket career, I actually just dealt with it [depression]. It’s just about me now actually moving forward and taking it upon myself to be active with certain things, to keep my mind going.”

“You have your moments where you struggle with it really bad and it can be tricky when you’ve got a lot of time to think about things,” Johnson said.

“You’ve just got no control whatsoever and your mind starts playing those tricks on you, you start thinking of the worst.”

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