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‘Unrivalled leadership’ – Eoin Morgan draws a close to one of the great England careers

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

One of the finest white-ball captains, Eoin Morgan announced his international retirement on Tuesday.

Morgan first played for Ireland in the under-19 World Cup in 2004 and 2006, where he registered 606 runs across two editions. To date, Morgan is the leading run-scorer in the age-group event, with no other batter tallying more than 600 runs in the under-19 World Cup. He earned an international cap soon after, and represented Ireland in 23 ODIs, making 744 runs at an average of 35.42.

In 2009, Morgan became eligible to represent England, a switch that transformed his career. The 35-year-old was first anointed the skipper in 2011 and went on to become one of the country’s most successful captains, with 42 T20I wins from 72 outings, giving him a win percentage of 60.56. In ODIs, Morgan’s England won 76 of the 126 games, with his biggest achievement coming in 2019 when he became the first captain to lead the side to a 50-over World Cup win.


The left-hander was also a dangerous batter, ending with 7,701 ODI runs with 14 hundreds, of which 6,957 runs came for England. He also made 2,458 T20I runs at a strike rate of 136.17. Morgan ends as England’s highest run-scorer in both white-ball formats. He played 16 Tests, making 700 runs with two hundreds and three fifties.

Announcing his decision, 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.”

Morgan’s retirement was met with a flood of appreciation as viewers honoured a leader par excellence.


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