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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Irish player Eoin Morgan, who changed England’s ODI cricket, likely to retire

Irishman Eoin Morgan, who revolutionized England’s ODI cricket, is likely to retire from international cricket this week, reports The Guardian. Jos Buttler is expected to be appointed as the ODI captain after Morgan retires.

Morgan has been battling poor form for some time now, and was not even picked in last year’s IPL auction. In his last two matches for England, against the Netherlands, he took some ducks. In his last 28 international innings in white-ball cricket, he has scored just two fifties.

“If I don’t think I’m good enough or I don’t think I’m contributing to the team, I’ll finish,” Morgan told Sky Sports ahead of the Netherlands series.

Morgan took over from Alastair Cook on the eve of the 2015 World Cup in Australia, and although that campaign was unsuccessful, he played the role and became the catalyst for a revolution alongside former head coach Trevor Bayliss. ,

When he was not selected for the IPL, he spoke to the newspaper The Evening Standard about it. “It is a fact that I have not scored enough runs. I see it as a challenge… I will use this break to recharge, but also to work on things you don’t have time to work on during competition… Thought my best chance was to get picked up in the second round (of IPL auction) once the teams were put together, if anyone needs help in the form of reserve middle order, experienced player, captain, whatever . But by the time the first round was over, almost every team had boxed, so I had no chance.

If he retires, he can look back on his career with some pride. He took over the captaincy of England from Alastair Cook just before the 2015 ODI World Cup and although that tournament did not go down well, he will soon lead the revival of England with head coach Trevor Bayliss.

Born in a mountainous coastal region in north-west Dublin, Morgan has had a remarkable career that culminated in England winning the ODI World Cup in 2019.

It was his childhood dream to play for England. Stephen Tong, head of sports at a school, felt that characteristic when he was interacting with children in his class in Dublin, Ireland. Tonge once shared a revealing story about young Morgan to The Indian Express.

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” Most dreams are shared. But a 14-year-old boy says that he wants to play cricket for England. Something in that voice and the eye in his eyes remained with Stephen. “A lot of kids have dreams, but when I listened to Eoin, I thought, ‘Huh, he can really do this.’ The moment has come to a standstill. He was a very good kid, very stubborn and focused, mentally tough, kept his cards close to the chest, faced poker – a specialty of the area in North County Dublin. Tha: Fingle. At Fingle, they are friendly and nice, but reserved. Stubborn and single minded, very comfortable with who and how they are. You can never tell what they’re thinking!”

Morgan has scored 10,859 international runs for England and transformed the England ODI team into an attacking all-conquering team.

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