Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'The future for England's white-ball teams is brighter than ever'. Eoin Morgan is credited with refreshing England's white-ball game.
Eoin Morgan is credited with refreshing England's white-ball game.
Eoin Morgan said the time was right from both a personal and professional point of view to bid adieu to international cricket, drawing the curtains on a stellar career that began in 2006 with Ireland and featured the highs of the 2019 World Cup win as England captain. He will, however, continue to play domestically and will skipper the London Spirit in the second season of The Hundred.
“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect,” Morgan said in an ECB release on Tuesday (June 28). “To call time on what has been without doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point.
“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the World Cup in 2019, I have never lost sight of how integral family support is to any international sportsperson. To my Mum and Dad, my wife, Tara, and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support throughout the good and more challenging times in my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible.
“I must also thank my teammates, coaches, supporters, and those behind the scenes who have made my career and any successes possible. I am hugely proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I made with some of the greatest people I know along the way.
“I have been lucky enough to play in two World Cup winning teams, but I believe the future for England’s white-ball teams is brighter than ever. We have more experience, more strength and more depth than ever before. I look forward to watching on with a huge level of excitement.
“To what lies ahead for me, I will continue to enjoy playing at a domestic level while I can. I’m really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”
The 35-year-old Morgan had expressed a desire to lead England at the T20 WC later this year in Australia but it is understood that growing concerns over form and fitness forced his hand into calling time on his England career. In fact, his last 28 visits to the crease for England yielded a mere two half-centuries.
Of the 7701 ODI runs Morgan scored, 6957 were made after switching allegiance from Ireland to England in 2009. While it remains the highest tally for England in ODI cricket, his legacy will eventually be defined by his seven-year captaincy tenure that revolutionised and refreshed England’s white-ball game.
He took over the captaincy reins from Alastair Cook just ahead of the 2015 World Cup but the transformative work truly kicked in post England’s World Cup exit at the hands of Bangladesh. Under Morgan and then coach Trevor Bayliss, England assembled a battery of power hitters that routinely notched up 300+ scores. All of it culminated in a thrilling World Cup win at Lord’s in 2019.
In all, Morgan captain 126 times in ODI cricket and a further 72 times in T20Is – a record he shares with India’s MS Dhoni. He also led England in two T20 WCs but a title run eluded his side by small margins in both 2016 (runners up) and 2022 (semifinalists). Jos Buttler, who has served as Morgan’s deputy since 2015, and led the team 13 times, is likely to captain the side in their next assignment, against India.
Rob Key, the managing director of England men’s cricket, said: “On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I’d like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.
“It will be wrong to think Eoin’s legacy was just winning the World Cup in 2019; it is far greater than that. As with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game has been played, and he has changed the way an entire generation and generations to come will play this form of the game. His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come.
“He is, without question, the best leader I have seen. I wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”