England’s Eoin Morgan has confirmed his retirement from international cricket, saying “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.” The World Cup winning captain had not been in the best of form over the last year and a half, which made him take the decision.
Read Morgan’s detailed retirement note here -
“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
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 team-mates, 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 made his ODI debut for Ireland in 2006 before switching to England in 2009. He played a total of 248 ODIs, scoring 7,701 runs with 14 centuries. In the T20I format he played 115 games, scoring 2,458 runs with 14 fifties.
As captain, Morgan led England to the 50-over World Cup title in 2019, to the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup which they lost and to the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
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