August 15, 2022

Eoin Morgan to confirm England retirement on Tuesday as he passes captaincy to Jos Buttler

Eoin Morgan to confirm England retirement on Tuesday as he passes captaincy to Jos Buttler after seven revolutionary years

  • Eoin Morgan has made one hundred since his England side won the World Cup 
  • He failed to score a run across two knocks on the recent tour of the Netherlands 
  • The 35-year-old has transformed England’s white-ball side in his time as captain 
  • Jos Buttler would be the likely replacement ahead of this winter’s T20 World Cup

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English cricket will reach the end of an era on Tuesday when Eoin Morgan confirms his retirement from the international game after more than seven revolutionary years in charge. The white-ball captaincy will pass to Jos Buttler.

Morgan, who turns 36 in September, made up his mind to step down after scoring two ducks during the recent one-day series in the Netherlands, where he sat out the third match because of a groin strain.

Having insisted earlier this year that he would always do what was best for the team, he has given Buttler a few months to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia, starting in October.

Eoin Morgan will his confirm England retirement on Tuesday and be replaced by Jos Buttler

It is understood Morgan will carry on playing some domestic cricket, and continue to lead London Spirit in the Hundred.

But any role as a dressing-room mentor for England’s white-ball teams is likely to be delayed: Australian Matthew Mott has recently taken over as coach, and Morgan does not want to cramp his style.

His departure signals the end of one of the most significant spells of captaincy in the history of the English game.

Handed the job just in time for the 2015 World Cup following the sacking of Alastair Cook, he survived the post-tournament cull to effect a sea change in England’s approach – backed by a new coach, Trevor Bayliss, who gave him the freedom to implement his attacking philosophy.

When Morgan step downs, Jos Buttler will replace him ahead of the T20 World Cup

When Morgan step downs, Jos Buttler will replace him ahead of the T20 World Cup

When Morgan step downs, Jos Buttler will replace him ahead of the T20 World Cup

In England’s first major game of the new era, against New Zealand at Edgbaston in June 2005, they passed 400 for the first time – and never looked back.

The following year in Kolkata they were denied a second World T20 title by Carlos Brathwaite’s quartet of last-over sixes off Ben Stokes.

But by May 2018, England had moved top of the ODI rankings. And in July 2019, on a pulsating day at Lord’s, they clinched their first men’s 50-over World Cup after a super over against the luckless New Zealanders – a tournament in which Morgan hit a world-record 17 sixes in an innings against Afghanistan.

From then on, he was untouchable – until the end, when his form deserted him and he began to look out of place in a team full of more powerful ball-strikers.

Morgan (centre) took England to their first men's one-day World Cup title in dramatic style

Morgan (centre) took England to their first men's one-day World Cup title in dramatic style

Morgan (centre) took England to their first men’s one-day World Cup title in dramatic style

Even so, his decision came as a surprise to many of his team-mates, who even after his struggles in Amsterdam backed him to rediscover the touch that brought him 7,701 ODI runs (including 744 for his native Ireland) and 2,458 in T20 internationals (all for England).

Only Joe Root has scored more than his 13 one-day hundreds for England (Morgan had already made one for Ireland).

‘He obviously feels like he’s done with international cricket, team-mate Moeen Ali told the BBC’s Test Match Special. ‘And the team for him still comes first, which just shows how unselfish he is. He’s done a remarkable job and he’s the best we’ve ever had, for sure.

‘It’s strange to comprehend the side without him at the moment. Obviously things move on and you kind of get used to it, but it is sad.’

MORGAN’S CAREER IN NUMBERS 

1 – global 50-over tournament won by England, the 2019 World Cup under Morgan’s captaincy. He also played in the triumphant World T20 campaign in 2010.

248 – one-day international appearances, the first 23 for Ireland and the remainder for England.

115 – Twenty20 internationals, all after switching allegiance.

16 – Tests for England.

148 – Morgan’s top score in ODIs, from 71 balls against Afghanistan in June 2019.

17 – sixes in that innings, a world record across all international formats.

7,701 – ODI runs, 35th on the all-time ranking in the format.

39.29 – ODI average.

14 – ODI centuries, with 47 fifties.115 – highest ODI score for Ireland, his only century in green.

99 – score on his international debut, Ireland’s August 2006 ODI against Scotland in Ayr.

72 – T20 internationals as captain, a world record shared with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

2,458 – T20I runs, ranking ninth all time.

136.18 – career T20I strike rate, with an average of 28.58.

91 – Morgan’s top score in T20Is, from 41 balls against New Zealand in November 2019.

120 – sixes in the format – ranking behind only Martin Guptill, with a record 165, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle.

183 – runs for Morgan as England won the World T20 in 2010, with a top score of 55 against the West Indies. He ranked third among England batters and seventh in the tournament.

30.43 – average for his 700 Test runs, featuring two hundreds and three fifties.

15 – Morgan is one of 15 men to play one-day international cricket for two countries, and 36 across all formats. Ed Joyce and Boyd Rankin also achieved that distinction for Ireland and England

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