“It hits you like a ton of bricks”


Ahead of England’s recent ODI (One Day International) series with the Netherlands, Eoin Morgan was intent on leading his men to the T20 World Cup later this year.

Then he suddenly realized that despite being England’s top points scorer in ODI, with 6,957 points, and T20, with 2,458 points, it was time to stop there.

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Morgan won the T20 World Cup with England in 2010, a few years before being named captain

“Over the past three years I have been very honest and open about the day my journey will end with England’s white ball teams and that day has arrived.” Morgan told talkSPORT.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people about the transition from retirement to rest and how they come to that decision and what it looks like.

“The resounding response for a lot of people was when you know you know and it hits you like a ton of bricks and for me that feeling came in Amsterdam last week.

“It’s a feeling I’ve never felt before, it’s something that hit me pretty hard and it was a tough day, but being able to understand what it was and what it meant was made things much easier.

“I’m incredibly proud of my playing career and captaining the white ball teams for the past seven years has been an incredible privilege to lead a fantastic group of great men and people and it has made me happy with this that happened.

“I look forward to the future and I think the future of English cricket is incredibly exciting.”


Jos Buttler seems to be the man taking over and he's in great shape right now

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Jos Buttler seems to be the man taking over and he’s in great shape right now

Jos Buttler is the favorite to replace Morgan as England’s new white-ball captain, but the Irishman believes whoever becomes captain will take over at an exciting time.

“I’m sure the appointment of the new white ball captain will be great,” Morgan said. “We have fantastic leaders and the cricket we are playing at the moment in all three formats is incredibly positive.

“We have two World Cups around the corner that we’re preparing for, so I’m incredibly excited to be sitting here as a fan at the moment.”

Morgan took charge of the T20 team in 2012 and led England to a World Cup final in 2016 and he captained the ODI team in 2014 and won a World Cup in 2019.

England beat New Zealand in a dramatic final to win the 2019 ODI World Cup

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England beat New Zealand in a dramatic final to win the 2019 ODI World Cup

With all of this success, it seems like Morgan was destined for the job, but it turns out he never really wanted it in the first place.

“It wasn’t something I thought I’d ever wanted to do,” Morgan revealed. “It was just something that happened and it happened at a time when we were on our bones as a team and we were going through a really tough time.

“I was appointed and it didn’t improve quickly. In the 2015 World Cup we were terrible and we got swept away in the group stages and a lot of lessons I learned and mistakes I made happened in that World Cup.

“Having the time to stay on this World Cup has actually been a hugely important moment in my role as captain, because having learned those lessons and having had the time to implement changes of a significant scale has been extremely rewarding for both white ball teams.

England won just two of their six group stage games at the 2015 ODI World Cup as they withdrew from the tournament

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England won just two of their six group stage games at the 2015 ODI World Cup as they withdrew from the tournament

“If I went back to 2015 when I learned the most lessons as a captain, I would say I’m a different man now than I was then and it’s important to recognize that you have to change with the needs of the teams and the staff you work with and ultimately having the team at the forefront of every decision you make.

England will be keen to maintain the same level of success they enjoyed under Morgan’s stewardship after his departure, but the Irishman explained there are no shortcuts and it will simply come down to a hard work.

“There is no secret,” Morgan said. “There’s a lot of smart, hard work to do along the way, which is probably the secret. There is no magic bullet, no magic powder.

“A lot of people talk about a well-balanced life and the balance of getting things done in my life has been a huge sacrifice, being away from your family for most of the year.

Morgan has built a great relationship with his teammates over the years and created lasting memories

Morgan has built a great relationship with his teammates over the years and created lasting memories

“In difficult times it can be extremely difficult and the balance is that you commit 100% to whatever you are involved in while you are there.

“So if you’re away from home on a cricket tour for most of the year, you’re 100 per cent absorbed and when you get home you’re 100 per cent absorbed by your family, but certainly the perception of being balanced is a tilted thing.

While winning a World Cup would be the obvious highlight of Morgan’s captaincy, he was quick to recognize the relationships he built in the dressing room as the real aspect of playing for England that he will miss the most. more.

“I’ve been lucky enough to call most of the guys on the team my closest friends. We went through some extremely emotional times on and off the pitch and I will miss creating memories like this again. I will cherish each of them.

“When you have a team or team that adheres to a collective goal, which is unique in cricket because it’s a hugely selfish and individual sport, it’s incredibly powerful.”

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