‘The best we’ve ever had’: Eoin Morgan set to end England career | Eoin Morgan


Eoin Morgan will return to the scene of the World Cup triumph he staged three years ago on Tuesday and end a career in England that will go down in history as one of the most important of the modern era. .

As first revealed by The Guardian, the 35-year-old is set to confirm his retirement from all forms of international cricket at a press conference at Lord’s on Tuesday afternoon after accepting defeat in his recent battle with form and fitness.

Morgan has long maintained he would step down if he felt he no longer deserved his place in the XI, but after half a century in his last 48 innings across international and domestic cricket – ending in two ducks in the Netherlands – the time has come. The Spin: Sign up and receive our weekly cricket email.

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A T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, on grounds that should suit England’s Thunderbats army, means Morgan has given his successor – most likely Jos Buttler – and head coach Matthew Mott , enough time to build their relationship. But the seven-year revolution is unlikely to end with his retirement.

Buttler will support not just a team in Morgan’s image, but a generation of cricketers up and down the food chain who play in the style he dictated; If England continue to unite the T20 crown with the 50+ silverware that Morgan lifted at the Home of Cricket on July 14, 2019, his legacy will only get better.

“He obviously feels like he’s done with international cricket,” Moeen Ali, a kingpin of England’s white ball teams under Morgan, told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “But the team for him always comes first, which shows how selfless he is. He did an amazing job – the best we’ve ever had.

“It is and it is not [a surprise] at a time. That’s because the T20 World Cup isn’t too far away and it’s weird to figure out the team without him at the moment. Obviously, things change and you get used to it a bit, but it’s sad.

“And I’m not surprised at the same time because he’s a very selfless person and thinks about the team more than anything. We’ve been so strong over the years and he’s probably himself feeling like his time is up and he’s given Jos or whoever will be the captain enough time to fit in.

Morgan took charge on the eve of the 2015 World Cup, but from the ashes of a group stage exit transformed England’s fortunes. They won 16 of their 20 bilateral ODI series in the four years between World Cups, moved up to No. 1 in the standings and broke the ODI world record three times as players such as Buttler, Jonny Bairstow , Jason Roy and Ben Stokes did well. on his attack orders.

As well as compiling 13 centuries of ODI for England himself after switching allegiance to Ireland in 2009, Morgan’s frosty behavior on the pitch was at the heart of the captaincy and saw bowlers like Adil Rashid thrive. He was also a champion of team diversity, saying after the World Cup final that ‘Allah was with us’ and they had ‘the green thing’ – a nod to diversity origins and cultures of the team.

The T20 World Cup final loss to West Indies in 2016 was the one that escaped, as was the semi-final loss to New Zealand last year. It remains to be seen if he will play a role in England’s backroom team, but Morgan will continue to play domestic cricket, including his role as captain of the London Spirit men’s team in the Hundred .

Speaking ahead of the final day of the Third Test at Headingley, former England captain Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports: “Eoin Morgan was the most influential white-ball cricketer England have ever had.

“He was our best white-ball captain and he was a fantastic player. And he gave us the best English white-ball cricket time we’ve ever had, at Lord’s. It was an incredible day, an incredible final , and much of it depended on the skipper.


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