Was Quite Sad When It Hit Me: Eoin Morgan On The Moment He Realised His Time Was Up In International Cricket

Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan, one of the players most responsible for modernizing the game, announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect and said goodbye to England. It was the ideal time, and Morgan, who has been suffering from his form and fitness for the past 18 months, said he didn’t think for a second that he was coming out too early. 

Morgan remarked in a press conference at Lord’s on Tuesday that everyone had assured him that he would know when the moment was perfect because there would be a proper setting and occasion, and the just-completed series against the Netherlands was it. 

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image: Twitter)

Everything Must Come To An End: Eoin Morgan

In a video shared by England Cricket, Morgan said, “Everything must come to an end. I have been open and honest the last three years about when this day would come. I have spoken to a lot of people that have been through this transition particularly in our sport.

Each one of them to a man said that there will be a time and place that it will just hit you like a ton of bricks or the answer I got and most common was ‘You’ll know’.  

Eoin Morgan, International Cricket
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“When we were in Amsterdam, it hit me quite hard. And, I am glad that I was in a good enough space to realise what I was going through and accepting it. I was quite sad the day that it hit me but since then I have been very happy, very content, unbelievably proud not only as a player but as a captain,” he added. 

Morgan finished his career as the most successful captain of the 2019 winners and the only one to win a World Cup for his country, leading England to 76 victories in 126 ODI matches. 

Eoin Morgan Applauds Jos Buttler

Due to a groyne ailment, Morgan was unable to participate in the third game of the series, but after scoring two ducks in each of the first two games he did play, it appeared that the finish was closer than anybody had anticipated.

Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan
Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan. (Photo: Twitter)

Speaking to Sky Sports, Morgan praised Jos Buttler, who has served as his stand-in in white-ball cricket for the longest period, noting that he commands respect within the team not just as a batsman but also as a leader. 

“Jos has been in charge, he’s been an unbelievable good vice-captain while I’ve been captain, and when he’s stepped in he’s been an exceptional leader. He obviously commands himself with the bat as one of the best players in the world, but also as a leader within the group he commands tremendous respect,” he said. 

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He Commands Tremendous Respect – Eoin Morgan Backs Jos Buttler To Take Over As England White-ball Captain

He Commands Tremendous Respect - Eoin Morgan Backs Jos Buttler To Take Over As England White-ball Captain

Eoin Morgan has backed Jos Buttler to take over as England captain after he announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on June 28, 2022. Morgan said that Buttler is perfect for the job as he commands respect from the group as a leader.

Morgan brought down the curtains on an excellent career in international cricket in which he played for both Ireland and England. He debuted for Ireland in ODIs in 2006, scoring 99 in his first match and then switched to England in 2009 and was part of the 2010 T20 World Cup-winning side.

He took over the captaincy of the limited-overs team just before the 2015 ODI World Cup and though the team had their worse outing, he along with coach Trevor Bayliss transformed the side completely and went on to win the 2019 World Cup at home.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan. (Photo: Twitter)

He’s Been An Unbelievably Good Vice-Captain While I’ve Been Captain: Eoin Morgan On Jos Buttler

Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday and reports from the British media suggest that Buttler is next in line to take over as the skipper of the limited-overs team.

Speaking after his retirement announcement, Morgan told Sky Sports: “He’s done it before, on tours that I’ve missed or been injured for. He’s come straight in and that is a true test of how you hold the weight of each and every decision and how it impacts your performance. The evidence is there that it has never affected Jos.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo: Twitter)

Jos has been in charge, he’s been an unbelievably good vice-captain while I’ve been captain, and when he’s stepped in he’s been an exceptional leader. He obviously commands himself with the bat as one of the best players in the world, but also as a leader within the group, he commands tremendous respect.”

Jos Buttler is expected to take over as England captain in limited overs being the vice-captain for some time now.

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It Is A No Brainer That Jos Buttler Should Take Over White-Ball Captaincy: Michael Vaughan

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Jos Buttler appears poised to succeed Eoin Morgan as England’s white-ball skipper as soon as he formally announces his retirement from international competition.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks it is a “no-brainer” that Buttler should succeed Morgan as captain since he has served as the latter’s vice-captain for a number of years.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo: Twitter)

Jos Buttler Has Got A Calm Cricket Brain: Michael Vaughan

“He’s the best white-ball player in the world, he’s got a very smart cricket brain, and he’s got that calmness you need,” Vaughan wrote in his column for the Telegraph.

Despite being dropped after a disappointing Ashes series and the fact that it is getting harder to be a multi-format player, Vaughan thinks Buttler still has a future in England’s Test side. During the third Test match against New Zealand, Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, who was commentating for Sky Sports, argued that Buttler should start for England in Test cricket.

“England have this fearless, aggressive nature, and the balls don’t seem to be doing as much in the UK as they have done in previous seasons,” Vaughan added.

Jos Buttler Hit Wicket
Jos Buttler  (Photo: PA Photos)

“If something as radical Buttler as Test opener was ever going to work it would be now, under this management group of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. I’d love to see him in this group playing as he played in the IPL. When he was opening this year he played quite conventionally. And then he got in and started to flourish.

Of course, he’s still going to have difficulty if the ball swings around like it did in the first innings, but when it’s flat like we saw in the second innings, he could murder teams with complete freedom to go and attack Virender Sehwag style.

“Why not? England are generally one down early anyway, so they might as well be one down early by someone having a big old yahoo.”

England is still persisting with the same opening pair for the 5th Test against India.

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