Eoin Morgan announces England’s retirement

England limited men’s captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed his retirement from international cricket. He is stepping down as England’s top run scorer and all-time record player in both white ball formats and is the only man to have guided the team to ODI World Cup success.

Morgan’s announcement was expected after a lengthy period of struggling with form and injuries. He will continue to play at national level and will captain London Spirit in the Hundred later this summer.

Following his appointment to succeed Alastair Cook in 2015, Morgan led England 126 times in ODIs and 72 times in T20I cricket. He led the team to the 2016 World T20 finals before overseeing 50-over World Cup success in 2019.

Morgan was initially capped by Ireland before switching affiliations in 2009. As well as representing England in 340 limited-plus internationals, Morgan made 16 appearances between 2010 and 2012 and scored two hundred points.

“After careful thought and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket, effective immediately,” Morgan said in an ECB press release. “It was not an easy decision to end what is undoubtedly the most gratifying and rewarding chapter of my career but I believe now is the right time to do so, having led to this point both for me personally and for both England white-ball sides.

“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the 2019 World Cup, I have never lost sight of the importance of family support for any international athlete. To my mom and dad, my wife Tara and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support through the good and bad times of my career. Without all of you, this incredible journey would not have been possible.

“I also have to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and those behind the scenes who have made my career and all of the achievements possible. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved as a player and as a captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I’ve made with some of the greatest people I’ve known along the way .

“I’ve been fortunate to play on two World Cup 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 with great excitement further.

“What lies ahead, I will continue to enjoy playing at the national level for as long as I can. I am really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”

Rob Key, Chief Executive of England Men’s Cricket said: “On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I would like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.

“It is wrong to think that Eoin’s legacy was just winning the 2019 World Cup; it’s far bigger than that.

“Like all great players and leaders, he changed the way the game was played and he 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 ever seen. I wish him all the best for the next chapter in his career.”

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