Mitchell Johnson, Australia's recently-retired Australian fast bowler, has kept his Big Bash League (BBL) options open for next season. The 34-year-old who was given a lap of honour at the WACA during the first One Day International (ODI) between Australia and India is keen to enjoy Indian Premier League 2016.
"It was a thought this year as well, but I'll definitely think about it next year. I want to get through the IPL first and enjoy that. That's how I want to get through life now, just enjoy each moment. I'll enjoy the IPL and then I'll look forward to possibly playing in the Big Bash," Johnson told Cricket Australia on Wednesday (January 13).
Johnson has never played in the BBL before but admitted that he has heard plenty of positive feedback on the league.
"I haven't played in it yet but all my friends are raving about it. It's been really exciting and I think there's still something there for me if I want to get out there and do the work."
For now, he is keen on doing well for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. "The body's feeling pretty good, I had about six or seven weeks of doing nothing but the body started getting a bit sore so I started training again," he said.
"I'm really just focused on family stuff still and I'm enjoying that, but it's getting closer to the time when I'll need to start think about cricket stuff and get motivated for that. I think this time around it'll be a really fun experience for me."
In 2015, the scenario was different for Johnson as he had to enter the IPL immediately after the World Cup. Once the IPL got over, he flew to the Caribbean and then to England to play in the Ashes.
"Last year it was quite different, I went straight from the World Cup into the IPL and straight to the Windies after that. (This time) I'll be refreshed and ready to go. I think I'll really enjoy it and make the most of it and hopefully do a bit of coaching to help out the young guys," he added.
He was also confident that he had taken the right decision to retire from international cricket. "It's a different feeling being at the ground than watching on TV. I watched some of the Test series and didn't have that urge, but I got here this morning and as soon as the first ball was bowled I started to get the adrenaline rush again."
"It was hard at first, but I know I've made the right decision."