Eoin Morgan announces England retirement
Eoin Morgan, England men’s limited-overs captain, has confirmed his retirement from international cricket. He steps down as England’s leading run-scorer and most-capped player in both white-ball formats, and the only man to lead the team to an ODI World Cup success.
Morgan’s announcement had been expected after an extended period in which he had struggled with form and injuries. He will continue to play at the domestic level, including captaining London Spirit in the Hundred later this summer, and will also join Sky Sports’ commentary team for the upcoming white-ball series against India and South Africa.
After being appointed as Alastair Cook’s successor in 2015, Morgan led England 126 times in ODIs and 72 times in T20I cricket. He guided the team to the final of the 2016 World T20, before overseeing 50-over World Cup success in 2019.
Morgan was initially capped by Ireland, before switching allegiance in 2009. As well as representing England 340 times in limited-overs internationals, Morgan played 16 Tests between 2010 and 2012, scoring two hundreds.
“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect,” Morgan said in an ECB release. “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.”
Morgan is widely regarded as being the catalyst for England’s white-ball revolution from 2015 onwards, as the team went from World Cup also-rans, knocked out in the group stage in Australia and New Zealand, to victors on home soil four years later, winning the trophy in the most dramatic of circumstances at Lord’s.
A member of the 2010 World T20-winning team, he narrowly failed to repeat that success in India in 2016, as England were beaten in the final in Kolkata. He also took them to the semi-finals of the most recent T20 World Cup, staged in the UAE, but decided that leading them in another 20-over campaign in Australia later this year would be a bridge too far.
Rob Key, 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.” (ESPNcricinfo)