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England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan announces retirement from international cricket

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that 2019 England’s World Cup winning-captain Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from international cricket. Morgan, 35, brings to an end a career in which he is credited to have fundamentally changed England’s approach to limited overs cricket, eventually leading them to their first-ever ODI World Cup title.

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The first time England Men had won the world crown. He was also part of the England team that won the 2010 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean. Morgan initially started out as an Ireland player, making his debut in August 2006 in a match against Scotland. He was run out on 99 in the game and declared Player of the Match. Morgan then made his debut for England in an ODI against the West Indies in May 2009. He played his entire T20I and his brief Test career for England.

Here’s the full statement issued by Morgan:

“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.

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“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.

ECB’s Managing Director (MD) Rob Key hailed Morgan’s contribution to England cricket and asserted that the left-handed batter’s legacy is far greater than just the 2019 WC win and called him the best leader he has seen. “It will be wrong to think Eoin’s legacy was just winning the World Cup in 2019 – it is far greater than that,” he said.

He further said, “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 added. The ECB MD further stated,”He is, without question, the best leader I have seen.”

Morgan scored 700 runs in 16 Test matches, playing his last red ball match for England in February 2012. However, Morgan would go on to become one of the most important figures in the history of England’s limited-overs cricket. Of the 7701 ODI runs Morgan scored across 248 matches, 6957 were made after switching allegiance from Ireland to England in 2009.

This makes him England’s all-time highest runs scorer in the format. 13 of the 14 ODI centuries he has scored has also been for England. In T20Is he scored 2458 runs in 115 matches at a strike rate of 136.17.

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