Viewers were left gutted on Tuesday night when Aussie cricket legend Mitchell Johnson quit SAS Australia before breaking down in tears.
Johnson came undone when he and his fellow contestants had to carry a 100kg log over rough terrain to a designated finishing point.
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The 38-year-old stopped several times before handing in his numbers to Chief Instructor Ant Middleton, quitting the competition.
Johnson was in tears during the challenge and then broke down while talking to his wife on the phone.
“I just couldn’t do it,” he told wife Jessica on the phone.
“I just thought mentally it would be a bit easier.”
— SAS Australia on 7 (@SASAust7) October 27, 2020
Before leaving the show he said: “I can’t make excuses, it is just not good enough.
“It is disappointing obviously and an emotional feeling for me because I always have high expectations of myself…(but) I couldn’t push any further.”
Middleton consoled Johnson and said he was gutted to see him leave.
“I thought you would have been at the front smashing the rest,” Middleton said.
“It is a head game…It doesn’t matter how physically fit you are…if your mind gives up the rest of your body will follow.”
Fans flocked to social media, sending their condolences to Johnson.
Among them were fellow contestant, comedian Merrick Watts.
“The closest I came to shedding tears on SAS was just now watching Mitchell Johnson,” Watts wrote on Twitter
“He is a great man. A strong team player with good ethics.
“That really changed me after that. He only made me stronger and for that I’m grateful to him.”
The closest I came to shedding tears on SAS was just now watching Mitchell Johnson. He is a great man. A strong team player with good ethics. That really changed me after that. He only made me stronger and for that I’m grateful to him. #mitchelljohnson #SASAustralia,
— Merrick Watts (@MerrickWatts) October 27, 2020
Mitchell Johnson seems utterly crushed! Devastated to see him VW! #SASAustralia
— 🐩 (@m_ishka) October 27, 2020
— OzCrayfish (@ozcrayfish) October 27, 2020
So shattered for Mitchell Johnson, he's a legend. 🙏 #SASAustralia
— Hannah Butters (@hani_b88) October 27, 2020
You have nothing to be ashamed of Mitchell Johnson. Well done mate. @SASAust7
— 56 willow. (@iamatboy) October 27, 2020
This was hard to watch .
Mitchell Johnson was a legend playing cricket for Australia .
Watching him decide to quit was a massive surprise. Actually grew to like him even more . Dissapointing, hope he can beat his demons https://t.co/eBxuYOAbdo
— @Georgebakhos1 (@GeorgeBakhos1) October 27, 2020
I was actually devastated for him. But mental game is everything and when you have to give up you feel like a failure. And I totally get where he is coming from. Keep your head up @mitchjohnson_25 you did amazing, don’t ever doubt yourself
— BecWantsPeaceInTheWorld (@beceldora) October 27, 2020
Mitchell Johnson reveals battle with depression
On Monday night’s episode, Johnson opened up about his struggles since retirement and revealed his battle with depression.
“I’ve found it tougher since retiring from cricket. All of a sudden, you’re not doing as much. You sort of lose your purpose a little bit,” he said.
“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.”
Johnson, who retired from professional cricket in 2018, said his battle with depression stems form before his playing days finished.
“I found out I’ve got depression … but I think the depression was something I’ve had even from a younger age,” he admitted.
“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.
“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.”
Johnson is among the top five Australian wicket-takers of all time in Tests, one-day internationals and T20s.
His 313 Test wickets are only bettered by Nathan Lyon (339), Dennis Lillee (355), Glenn McGrath (563) and Shane Warne (708).
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