Ireland’s top-order batsman Ed Joyce announced his retirement from playing all forms of International cricket with immediate effect. Having featured in Ireland’s historic maiden Test, he described the feeling as “incredible”. Joyce was one of those 11 players to have played in the Ireland’s maiden Test match against Pakistan earlier in May.
“I feel now is the right time to stop playing and get started on a new chapter. The recent Test match against Pakistan was such an incredible few days and was the perfect game for me to say was my last in professional cricket,” said Ed Joyce, Ireland cricketer.
Joyce has retired from playing cricket, but not completely. He is to take up a position of batting and leadership coach with the Ireland cricket. And he is pretty much excited about his new role to help the youngsters in his country.
“I am very grateful to Cricket Ireland for giving me the opportunity to get involved in the coaching set-up. I know I have a huge amount to learn about the art of coaching, but I know I also have a huge amount of knowledge that I’m determined to pass on to the next generation of Irish talent,” Joyce added.
Having represented Middlesex and Sussex for over 15 years, Ed Joyce has had his fun playing the County cricket in England. He also opined that there is no better place than County to learn more about the game.
William Porterfield, Ireland captain, said that Joyce will be a great miss in the dressing rooms – “He is someone that I have always looked up to and to have had the opportunity to play with him for the past few years has been an absolute privilege. He will be a great miss in the changing rooms, not only for his runs, but the person he is. A lot of us, not least the young lads, have learned so much from him.”
Ed Joyce made his International debut for England (in 2006) and interestingly he played his first ODI game against Ireland. After playing 18 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England, he made a move to play for Ireland starting from the 2011 World Cup.
Joyce has scored 2,622 runs in his 78 ODIs at an average of 38.00. His best score in ODIs has come against Afghanistan in Belfast – 160* off 148 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes. Ireland went on to beat Afghanistan in this ODI by 12 runs. Having played in 18 T20Is games, he scored 405 runs at an average of 33.75 with a best score of an unbeaten 78*.
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