Eoin Morgan will make move to the Sky Sports commentary box full-time

Eoin Morgan will move to the Sky Sports commentary box full-time after announcing his retirement from cricket, joining fellow former England captains Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton

  • Eoin Morgan will make move to Sky Sports following retirement from the game
  • Has previously enjoyed stints in the commentary box and will join full-time
  • Ex-England white ball skipper announced retirement from all forms of the game

Eoin Morgan will make a full-time move to the Sky Sports commentary box after announcing his 20-year playing career was over on Monday. 

Morgan, 36, signed a deal with Sky when he retired from international cricket last July, and joined the broadcasters’ line-up for the Hundred days later, although he continued to participate in that competition and others around the globe.

Now, England’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain is set to become a permanent feature of the Sky television coverage alongside two other former national captains in Sportsmail’s Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton.

Morgan announced the decision to hang up his boots after playing for Paarl Royals at the recently-concluded SA20. He also featured in the Abu Dhabi T10 this winter.

His first summer as a commentator and pundit features the 2023 Ashes while England’s defence of the World Cup begins in India in October.

Eoin Morgan will join Sky Sports full-time as a permanent fixture on their cricket coverage

Morgan’s on-field legacy was guiding England to glory four years ago, having revolutionised the limited-overs teams’ style of play in a rebuild that began in 2015. England also reached the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup final under his captaincy, and became double world champions last November, four months after he passed the leadership baton to Jos Buttler.

‘It is with great pride that I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket. After much deliberation, I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years,’ Morgan said in a statement.

Morgan replaced Alastair Cook at the helm on the eve of the 2015 World Cup and although that competition proved underwhelming, he would soon lay claim to being the country’s best white-ball captain, overseeing a culture shift from conservatism to ultra-aggression that has since been adapted by Ben Stokes for England’s Test team.

For all the focus on his leadership, it should not be forgotten what a devastatingly, brilliant batsman the Dublin-born left-hander was too.

Former England captain Morgan has confirmed his retirement from professional cricket earlier on Monday

Since retiring internationally, Morgan has represented London Spirit (above) and Paarl Royals

When he quit international cricket last year, Morgan did so as England’s leading run scorer in both one-day and Twenty20 matches. And their number one six-hitter in each format.

An ever-present in England’s world champion 2010 team, he was good enough to win 16 Test caps between that year and 2012, and was in the touring squads that won the away Ashes in 2010-11 and in India two years later.

A precociously-talented teen, he made his List A debut for Ireland at 16 and joined Middlesex two years later. His switch in allegiance from Ireland to England came in 2009.

‘From moving to England in 2005 to join Middlesex, right up to the very end, I have cherished every moment,’ Morgan added.

‘As there are in every sportsperson’s career, there have been highs and lows, but my family and friends have been by my side throughout it all. I would like to say a particularly special thank you to my wife, Tara, my family and close friends who have supported me unconditionally.’

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