World Cup-winning England captain Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
He finishes as England’s leading run-scorer and most-capped player in both ODI and T20 cricket but his contributions go well beyond just individual achievements.
Morgan has been labelled the Three Lions’ greatest captain by many and his seven-year stint as skipper not only helped us rise to number one in the ODI rankings and win a first 50-over World Cup in 2019 but changed the way that white-ball cricket is played around the globe.
The middle-order batter revolutionised England’s approach to the limited-overs formats and is one of white-ball cricket’s great tactical minds.
Morgan will join the Sky Cricket commentary team this summer and plans to continue playing at domestic level.
He scored 6,957 runs, including 13 centuries, in 225 ODI appearances and 2,458 runs in 115 T20s while he also featured 16 times in Tests, scoring 700 runs and two centuries.
In a statement on the ECB website, Morgan said: “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 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.”
Managing director of England men’s cricket Rob Key thanked Morgan for his “outstanding contribution to the game”.
He added: “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.”
Everyone at the Barmy Army thanks Eoin for everything he has done!