Eoin Morgan announcement sparks flood of tributes around cricket world

The 2019 World Cup winning captain has made the huge call on his career.

England cricket great Eoin Morgan (pictured) holding the World Cup Trophy.
England cricket great Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. (Getty Images)

England great Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after a glittering career in the white-ball format. Morgan captain England in 126 ODIs and 72 T20s, which also saw him lead his nation to the 2019 World Cup title on home soil and catapult the team to the top of the white-ball rankings.

Morgan captained England to 118 wins across the two formats and will go down as one of the all-time greats for his nation. Since his retirement from international cricket the 36-year-old said was enjoying spending more time at home with his family.

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And the former captain said it was time to step away from the game completely. "After much deliberation, I believe now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years," he said in a statement.

"I will undoubtedly miss the adventure and challenges of playing professional cricket. Since my retirement from international cricket, I have been able to spend more time with my loved ones, and I look forward to being able to do so more and more in the future."

Morgan said while he is stepping away from the game he would like to contribute through commentary and broadcasting in the future. Overall, Morgan played 248 ODIs and 115 T20Is, scoring 10,159 runs in total, and scored 700 runs in 16 Tests. His last match for his country came in 2022.

A popular player for his nation, the cricket world was quick to praise Morgan for his retirement from the all formats. Kevin Pietersen let the tributes and said he looked forward to sharing the commentary box with his former teammate.

Aaron Finch retires from international cricket

While Morgan has stepped down from all formats, Australia's T20 captain Aaron Finch also recently announced he would step away from the International game. Finch will go down as one of Australia's greatest white-ball cricketers. Finch was granted the permanent white-ball captaincy role in 2018.

He went on to win the 2015 World Cup, before leading Australia to its first ever T20 World Cup win in 2021.The big-hitting opener scored more than 8,500 runs across three formats for his nation. Finch has scored 3,120 runs at as phenomenal strike rate of 142.53 in international T20 cricket.

Eoin Morgan (pictured) working for Sky Sports.
Eoin Morgan (pictured) said he hopes to move into more commentary in retirement from cricket. (Photo by Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images) (Tim Goode - PA Images via Getty Images)

No player has scored more runs for Australia with a better strike rate. The opener scored 5,406 runs at an average of 38.89 from 146 ODIs, before his retirement after a lean run of runs. Finch also managed to earn a baggy green after he played five Test matches for his nation.

"The time is right to let the T20 team move on into a new phase. Particularly with the World Cup coming up in 2024," he said. "The time is right to allow a new captain to take over and move the team into a new direction.

"It's been an amazing journey. I'm very grateful and thankful."

with AAP

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