England’s T20 captain Eion Morgan announces retirement from international cricket

Morgan is the all-time leading run-scorer and most-capped player for England team in both ODI and T20I matches.

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Eoin Morgan, the World Cup-winning captain of England, announced his retirement from international cricket and claimed that it was “the right time” to do so.

During Morgan’s seven and a half-year rule, the limited-overs fortunes of England have undergone a transformation. Morgan survived a humiliating group elimination in that competition ahead to the 2015 World Cup in Australia and spearheaded a revolution in English limited-overs cricket.

Morgan has played a total of 248 ODIs, accumulating 7,701 runs with 14 hundreds, as well as 115 T20Is, adding an additional 2,458 runs and 14 fifties. Morgan made his ODI debut for Ireland in 2006 before switching to England in 2009.

“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 has not 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,” said Eoin Morgan.

The Dublin-born left-hander promoted a bold, reckless style of cricket that propelled the one-day international and T20 teams to the top of the world rankings, with the World Cup victory at Lord’s in 2019 serving as the crowning achievement.

When his team struggled, Morgan not only led from the front on the field but also took criticism from the press and from opponents, yet he never wavered in his commitment to playing cricket in a captivating and exciting way.

As well as taking England to glory in the 50-over World Cup, Morgan also captained the side to the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup and the semi-finals of the 2021 edition of the tournament. Morgan holds the team records for most ODIs (225) and T20s (115), and the most runs in both formats for England.

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