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Johnson's final Test ends in draw

Set 321 for improbable victory, New Zealand settles for 104 for 2, with the Australian pacer taking both wickets at WACA

Johnson's final Test ends in draw - Cricket News
Mitchell Jhonson acknowledges to the crowd after dismissing Martin Guptill.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson claimed two wickets in his final Test, the only two New Zealand wickets to fall, as the second Test ended in a draw at the WACA Ground in Perth on Tuesday (November 17).

Having won the first Test at the Gabba by 208 runs, Australia goes into the final game of the series, the first day-night Test in Adelaide, with a 1-0 series lead.

Australia declared at 385 for 7 after lunch, leaving New Zealand needing 321 to win from 48 overs. Brendon McCullum's side chose not to go for an unlikely win, and with rain delaying play for about an hour, stumps was called early with 20 overs left. New Zealand was at 104 for 2, with Ross Taylor on 36 and Kane Williamson on 32.

Openers Tom Latham and Martin Guptill became Johnson's last two Test wickets, as he finished with 2 for 20 from six overs. The pacer had announced his retirement from international cricket before the day's play, and ends his career with 313 wickets in 73 matches, the fourth-best haul for an Australian bowler.

Latham was caught by John Hazlewood on the fine-leg boundary for 15, while Martin Guptill (17) fell to a rising delivery, catch by Joe Burns at short-leg.

Earlier, Steven Smith, the Australia captain, and Adam Voges resumed the fifth day with their team on 258 for 2. But with Smith caught behind by BJ Watling off the bowling of Trent Boult (2-77) for 138, Mitchell Marsh trapped lbw by Doug Bracewell for just one and Voges falling similarly to Tim Southee (4-97), Australia lost three wickets for 24 runs.

Johnson, who has a century against his name, was given a guard of honour when he came out to bat. He helped add a quick 61 runs with Peter Nevill. Mitchell Starc then smashed a 16-ball 28 to allow Australia a declaration.  

The Test has had batsmen hold sway, with double-centuries for David Warner and Ross Taylor, and hundreds for Osman Khawaja, Kane Williamson, Smith and Voges. 

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