England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed his retirement from international cricket.
Under Morgan, England won the 2019 World Cup and reached the top of the One-Day and Twenty20 rankings.
Morgan said “it hasn’t been an easy decision” but “I think now is the right time to do it.”
The 35-year-old, who took charge of the T20 squad in 2012 and the one-day squad in 2014, has struggled with form and fitness of late.
Jos Buttler, who led England in nine ODIs and five T20s when Morgan was absent through injury, is expected to take over, with an announcement expected later in the week.
England take on India in a three-match T20 series starting on July 7, with the T20 World Cup in Australia starting in October.
Morgan, who was also part of the 2010 T20 World Cup winning team, is England’s top run scorer in one-day and T20 cricket with 6,957 and 2,458 runs respectively.
His tally of 225 ODIs and 115 T20s is also an England record.
In a statement, Morgan, who has only scored half a century in his last 26 cue-ball innings for England, said: “Getting in on time in what has undoubtedly been the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career has not been a decision. easy, but I think now is the right time to do it, both for me personally and for the two England cue ball teams I have led to this point.
“I am very proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I made with some of the best people I know along the way.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play for two World Cup-winning teams, but I think the future for England white-ball teams is brighter than ever. We have more experience, more strength and more depth than ever before. I’m looking forward to seeing with a high level of excitement.”
Morgan said he would “continue to enjoy playing nationally for as long as he can” and still plans to captain the London Spirit in the second season of The Hundred in August.
The left-hander replaced Alastair Cook as ODI captain and oversaw England’s miserable 2015 World Cup campaign when they were eliminated in the group stage.
But he implemented a new attacking approach that helped England break the record for the highest total in one day three times.
They accomplished that feat most recently by going 498-4 against the Netherlands last week, but Morgan ducked in both of his innings in the series and missed the third ODI with a groin problem.
Rob Key, managing director of England men’s cricket, said: “I would like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.
“It would be a mistake to think that Eoin’s legacy was simply winning the World Cup in 2019, it is much bigger than that.
“As with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game is played, and he has changed the way an entire generation and generations to come will play this form of the game. His legacy within the game will be felt.” for many years to come.
“He is, without a doubt, the best leader I have ever seen.”