Rumours of Ewen Morgan’s retirement have been circulating for the past few days. In the end, that rumour came true. World Cup-winning captain Morgan bids farewell to cricket. He confirmed the matter in a statement to the England Cricket Board on Tuesday.
The decision was not easy for him. “Considering everything seriously, I am bidding farewell to international cricket,” he said in a statement. The part of my career that I enjoyed the most, the part where I found success, was not easy to announce at the end of the chapter. But I thought, this is the right time to say goodbye; For me personally, but also for the limited-overs team in England, the team that I have led to this place.
Form and fitness – both issues plagued England captain Morgan in short cricket. England set the world record for highest runs in the first ODI against the Netherlands. Morgan’s contribution to that highest run record was zero, the run record was not opened in the next match. The groin injury did not allow him to play in the third ODI of the series. After that, the English media Guardian reported that he has almost taken the decision to retire.
Morgan changed his nationality from Ireland to England in 2009. He later captained the country in both white-ball formats. The 35-year-old cricketer said goodbye to cricket after scoring nearly 8,000 runs in 225 ODIs in 13 centuries and nearly 2,500 runs in 115 Twenty20 matches.