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    England's world champion captain Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from international cricket

England’s world champion captain Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from international cricket

World Cup captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed his retirement from international cricket, saying “the future is brighter than ever for England’s white ball teams”.

Morgan revolutionized England’s limited overs fortunes in his seven-and-a-half-year tenure, leading them to their first champions four years later from the fellow runners at the 2015 World Cup.

He was aiming to lead England at the T20 World Cup in Australia later that year but the 35-year-old has struggled with form and fitness over the past 18 months, prompting a change of heart.

Morgan directed a one-day streak in the Netherlands this month but his double troubles were exposed when he was given two free sacks in high-scoring games before missing the final game with a groin pain.

“After careful thought and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket effective immediately,” said Morgan.

The choice of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final

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The choice of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final

The choice of action as England defeated New Zealand in an incredible 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final

“It was not an easy decision to end what is undoubtedly the most gratifying and rewarding chapter of my career but I believe now is the right time to do so, having led to this point both for me personally and for both England white-ball sides.

“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the 2019 World Cup, I have never lost sight of the importance of family support for any international athlete. To my mom and dad, my wife Tara and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support through the good times and challenging times of my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible.

“I also have to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and those behind the scenes who have made my career and all of the achievements possible. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved as a player and as a captain, but the things I will cherish and remember most are the memories I’ve made with some of the greatest people I’ve known along the way.

“I’ve been fortunate to play on two teams that have won the World Cup, 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 with great excitement.

“What lies ahead, I will continue to enjoy playing at the national level for as long as I can. I am really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”

Jos Buttler, the current vice-captain, is the favorite to replace Morgan as England’s white-ball captain. England have a high-profile series against India, consisting of three T20s and three ODIs, starting on July 7 before the same against South Africa on July 19.

“He changed the way a whole generation played”

After replacing Sir Alastair Cook as white-ball captain ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia, Morgan overcame an embarrassing group elimination in that tournament and led a revolution in English limited overs cricket.

The Dublin-born left-hander fostered a bold, fearless brand of cricket that saw both the one-day national team and the T20 side rise to the top of the world rankings, culminating in a World Cup win at Lord’s in 2019.

Morgan revolutionized English white ball cricket after taking over as captain in 2015

Morgan revolutionized English white ball cricket after taking over as captain in 2015

Morgan made his ODI debut for Ireland in 2006 before moving to England in 2009 and retiring after playing a total of 248 ODIs and scoring 7,701 runs with 14 Centurys and 115 T20Is adding a further 2,458 runs and 14 Fifties.

“It is wrong to think that Eoin’s legacy was just winning the 2019 World Cup; it’s far bigger than that,” said Rob Key, managing director of England Men’s Cricket.

“Like all great players and leaders, he changed the way the game was played and he 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 ever seen. I wish him all the best for the next chapter in his career.”

Hussain: Morgan was England’s greatest white-ball captain of all time

Nasser Hussain has called Eoin Morgan a

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Nasser Hussain has called Eoin Morgan a “fantastic white ball captain”.

Nasser Hussain has called Eoin Morgan a “fantastic white ball captain”.

“He wasn’t in shape, he wasn’t fit and there are other people now – there are so many white ball batters that could play.” Sky Sports’ said Nasser Hussain. “It’s not the 10 he takes onto the field, it’s the one he leaves behind because he’s in that spot and Morgan will always think of those.

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“He was our best white-ball captain ever. He’s a captain who won the World Cup and he’s a great player.

“He was the one who swept backwards, shot backwards and played all these funky shots. He was way ahead of his time both as a player and as a captain.”

Morgan not only led England to glory at the 50-over World Cup, but also led the side to the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup and the semi-finals of the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Sangakkara: Morgan has laid the groundwork

Kumar Sangakkara praised Morgan’s leadership and the way he translated his vision into action.

“The players themselves have a great loyalty to Eoin Morgan as a person, as a captain and as their leader, but at the same time everyone has an expiration date in terms of their career on the cricket field,” Sangakkara said.

Kumar Sangakkara reacts to news that Eoin Morgan will retire from international cricket.

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Kumar Sangakkara reacts to news that Eoin Morgan will retire from international cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara reacts to news that Eoin Morgan will retire from international cricket.

“They would all have come to that realization and Morgan, who is Morgan, will have spoken up, not only to his friends but to his teammates as well, and didn’t take it by surprise. I think he laid the foundation for something great.

“Every time Morgan played, trained or spoke, he set an example and it was an exciting example to follow. When the results came out, it was that lightbulb moment that made me think, what have we been doing all these years?

“What he left as a legacy will be England’s best support at the next World Cup in all formats of white ball cricket, but you can also see the dividends they have paid in red ball cricket.

“Eoin Morgan has done a lot of work and he has a huge role to play in shaping the next generation of England players to help them progress through the ranks. He has a lot to offer in terms of experience and knowledge.”

Ian Ward, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton discuss the candidates to replace Eoin Morgan as England white-ball captain.

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Ian Ward, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton discuss the candidates to replace Eoin Morgan as England white-ball captain.

Ian Ward, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton discuss the candidates to replace Eoin Morgan as England white-ball captain.

Atherton: Morgan created a dynasty, but the time is right to go

Michael Atherton agreed with Hussain and Sangakkara on the quality of the leadership Morgan has provided for England but also believes the timing of his retirement is right.

“He created a one-day dynasty. After taking over at a low point – the 2015 World Cup, which went poorly – he decided it was time to change England’s approach.

“England have been as good as anyone at white ball cricket for seven years. And that’s the first time you can really say that about our one-day team.

“He will go down as one of England’s greatest captains… But I think he chose exactly the right time to leave.

“The other day he said ‘I feel old’ and he told Middlesex he couldn’t play two T20 games in a row. If you can’t do that, how do you become a World Cup captain? they come big and fast?”

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