English whiteball skipper Eoin Morgan retires from international cricket

London [UK]June 27 (ANI): England’s 2019 World Cup winning skipper will announce his retirement from international cricket.

According to Sky Sports, Morgan wanted to lead England at the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. But the 35-year-old batter’s struggles with form and fitness over the past 18 months have caused a change in heart.

He led the team during the one-day series in the Netherlands this month, but he was fired due to a duck in two high-scoring games and missed the last game due to a groin problem.

Jos Buttler, his deputy in white-ball cricket, has filled in for his captain in an emergency. The high-profile series against India, consisting of three T20Is and three ODIs from July 7, could be Buttler’s first assignment as a full-time whiteball skipper.

Morgan had replaced Alastair Cook as the cue captain ahead of the 2015 50-over World Cup in Australia. Taking his side to the top after an embarrassing exit from the tournament, Morgan revolutionized English whiteball cricket by fostering a fearless, daring cricket brand. This pushed the ODI and T20I sides to the top of the world rankings, with the 2019 World Cup victory being the crown jewel of the revolution.

Morgan made his ODI debut for Ireland. Three years later, he moved to England and will retire with a total of 248 ODIs under his belt, scoring 7,701 runs in 14 centuries. He has also played 115 T20Is and added 2,458 runs in the format with 14 half-centuries.

Morgan made his ODI debut for Ireland in 2006 before moving to England in 2009 and will retire after playing a total of 248 ODIs, scoring 7,701 runs over 14 Centuries, as well as 115 T20Is, with a further 2,458 runs and 14 the fifties.

Morgan also scored two centuries in 16 Tests for England between 2010 and 2012. (ANI)