Jun 28, 2022

Morgan set to retire from international cricket

England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan is set to retire from all forms of international cricket on Tuesday (June 28), which will draw the curtains on a stellar white-ball career in which he scored over 10,000 runs across ODIs and T20Is.

Morgan, 35, had expressed a desire to lead England at the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia but it is understood that growing concerns over form and fitness have forced his hand into calling time on his England career. In fact, his last 28 visits to the crease for England have yielded a mere two half-centuries for the dynamic middle-order bat.

Of the 7701 ODI runs Morgan scored, 6957 were made after switching allegiance from Ireland to England in 2009. While it remains the highest tally for England in ODI cricket, his legacy be eventually be defined by his seven-year captaincy tenure that revolutionised the country's white-ball game.

He took over the captaincy reins from Alastair Cook just ahead of the 2015 World Cup but the transformative work truly kicked in post England's World Cup exit at the hands of Bangladesh. Under Morgan and then coach Trevor Bayliss, England assembled a battery of power hitters that routinely breezed 300+ scores. All of it culminated in a thrilling World Cup win at Lord's in 2019.

In all, Morgan captain 126 times in ODI cricket and a further 72 times in T20Is. He also led England in two T20 World Cups but a title run eluded his side by small margins in both 2016 (runners up) and 2022 (semifinalists). Jos Buttler, who has served as Morgan's deputy since 2015, and led the team 13 times, is likely to captain the side in their next assignment, against India.

Moeen Ali, who has played 95 out of his 115 ODIs and 40 out of his 49 T20Is under Morgan's captaincy, expressed his sadness over the impending retirement. "He's done a remarkable job. It is a shame. It is strange to comprehend the side without him. Things move on and you have to get used to it, but it is sad. I'm not surprised at the same time because he is a very selfless person and probably is thinking about the team more than anything," Moeen told BBC Test Match Special.

"We've been so strong over the years and he probably feels like his time is done and that he's given enough time for Jos, or whoever the captain is going to be, to embed his way," said Moeen.

(cricbuzz.com)

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