World Cup-winning England captain Eoin Morgan officially announces international retirement
Eoin Morgan’s England era is over after the World Cup captain announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
The veteran white-ball skipper led England to victory at the 2019 World Cup with a hugely dramatic win in the final against New Zealand at Lord’s, leading the country to number 1 in the one-day and T20 world rankings.
But with the T20 World Cup coming up this fall, Morgan – who turns 36 in September – has decided to step down to give his replacement Jos Buttler some time to go to bed before the tournament, which will take place in Australia in October. begins.
Morgan, whose total of 225 ODIs and 115 T20s is also a record in England. said it was “not an easy decision” but “I believe now is the right time to do it.”
The Dublin-born star oversaw a hugely transformative seven-year spell in limited passing cricket, taking over in 2015 and implementing an attacking approach that eventually took them to victory and is now being replicated around the world.
It is clear that he will continue to play some domestic cricket and continue to lead London Spirit in the Hundred. But any role as a dressing room mentor for England’s whiteball teams is likely to be put on hold: Australian Matthew Mott recently took over as coach and Morgan doesn’t want to ‘cramp his style’.
World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has announced he is done with international cricket
Morgan (center) has dramatically advanced England to their first one-day Men’s World Cup title
Gifted wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler (center) will replace him for the T20 World Cup
He said: ‘It was not an easy decision to make time for what was without a doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career, but I believe that now is the right time to do so, both for me personally and for you. I have led both sides of England to this point.
“I am extremely proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember most are the memories I have made with some of the best people I know.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in two World Cup winning teams, but I believe the future for England’s whiteball teams is brighter than ever. We have more experience, more power and more depth than ever before. I look forward to watching with a tremendous level of excitement.”
The director of English cricket for men Rob Key added: ‘I would like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game. It would be wrong to think that Eoin’s legacy just won the World Cup in 2019 – it’s much bigger than that.
“As with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game is 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 a doubt the best leader I’ve seen.’
A hugely positive, improvising and inventive batter, Morgan’s recent form has not lived up to his usual high standards. Since the end of August 2020, he made just half a century in 26 innings for England in the 50-over and T20 formats.
Since the 2019 World Cup success, he has scored a hundred, against his native Ireland in the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Morgan made a debacle in each of the first two games in June’s ODI series against the Netherlands before missing the third game with an injury, leading to speculation that it was time for him to resign.
Australian Matthew Mott (pictured), installed in May as England’s new white-ball coach, had backed Morgan to rediscover his form ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup this fall
Morgan made ducks in each of the first two games vs Holland before joining the third ODI. missed
And with his individual form in question, the 35-year-old has made the decision to step down
Mott had said, “He’d like more runs—most batters do. He has been a class player for over 200 games and I don’t think that will change. Now that I’ve completed the third game, I’m sure that will kindle the fire for him for the huge summer ahead.
“What I’ve worked out is that Eoin is an inspiring leader, and we’ve already developed a good rapport. With Jos stepping in as captain and making the transition seamlessly, the team is functioning very well.’
Morgan began his international career with his native Ireland in 2006 but moved to England in 2009, citing a lifelong desire to play test cricket.
The southpaw played 16 Tests, scored two centuries, but failed to make a place in the five-day squad and was later seen as a specialist with limited overs.
A sparkling striker, he was ahead of his time and was catapulted to captaincy when Sir Alastair Cook was sacked on the eve of the 2015 World Cup.
The tournament was a debacle, with England knocked out in the group stage, but Morgan was identified by then cricket director Sir Andrew Strauss as the man to restart an ailing team.
The project dramatically culminated in the home of cricket in 2019, with Ben Stokes’ exploits and a draw against New Zealand in the World Cup final, while England triumphed in the borders countdown.
The success cemented Morgan’s place in the pantheon of English sport’s greatest leaders, but he also leaves a significant legacy as a player. He will retire as the nation’s record one-day and T20 run scorer, with 6,957 and 2,458 in the respective formats.
Morgan’s decision will allow Buttler to sleep for a few months ahead of the T20 World Cup in October
The Dublin-born star took over as captain of the English white ball just before the 2015 World Cup
And he oversaw a wonderful transformation in attitude and style of play to the ultra-attacking brand of cricket we see today – culminating in that glorious day at Lord’s in 2019
Moeen Ali, a key player in the Morgan era, said: “He has done a remarkable job. It is a pity. It’s strange to understand the side without him. Things go on and you have to get used to it, but it’s sad.
“It doesn’t surprise me at the same time, because he is a very selfless person and probably thinks more about the team than anything else. We’ve been so strong… and he probably feels like his time is up and he’s given Jos enough time to find his way.”
sports post columnist Nasser Hussain added: ‘Eoin Morgan was more than just the most successful England captain ever. He was a man who changed our cricketing culture and mindset – and with it our results.
His effect was not just limited to the 15 cricketers in his squads, but to the whole country. Above all, Batters saw the way he wanted England to play, and they wanted to be a part of it.
“One of his great strengths was that he never doubted himself. (Even after he failed) Morgan was adamant that he wanted his men to start hitting the same way the next game. The message sent not only to his dressing room but also to England’s county cricket players was crucial: keep going. Do not doubt yourself.
“It was infectious… As the captain of the field, he was cool, calm and calculated. He was freezing. Like all the best leaders, he was there.’
Morgan met then Prime Minister Theresa May (left) after securing the World Cup trophy (right)
MORGAN’S CARRIRE IN FIGURES
1 – worldwide 50-over tournament won by England, the 2019 World Cup captained by Morgan. He also starred in the triumphant World T20 campaign in 2010.
248 – one day international appearances, the first 23 for Ireland and the rest for England.
115 – Twenty20 internationals, all after switching allegiances.
16 – Tests for England.
148 – Morgan’s highest score in ODIs, from 71 balls against Afghanistan in June 2019.
17 – sixes in those innings, a world record in all international formats.
7,701 – ODI runs, 35th on the all-time ranking in the format.
39.29 – ODI average.
14 – ODI centuries, with 47 fifties.
115 – highest ODI score for Ireland, his only century in green.
99 – scoring on his international debut, Ireland’s August 2006 ODI against Scotland at Ayr.
72 – T20 internationals as captain, a world record shared with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
2,458 – T20I runs and ranks ninth all time.
136.18 – career T20I strike rate, averaging 28.58.
91 – Morgan’s highest score in T20Is, from 41 balls against New Zealand in November 2019.
120 – sixes in the format – behind only Martin Guptill, with a record of 165, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle.
183 – runs for Morgan as England won the World T20 in 2010, with a top score of 55 against the West Indies. He finished third among the English batters and seventh in the tournament.
30.43 – average for his 700 test runs, with two hundred and three fifty.
15 – Morgan is one of 15 men to play one-day international cricket for two countries, and 36 across all formats. Ed Joyce and Boyd Rankin also achieved that for Ireland and England