Ed Joyce calls it a day with immediate effect
He was one of the very few cricketers to have played for two countries in ODIs and T20Is.
Published - May 24, 2018 5:41 pm | Updated - May 24, 2018 6:00 pm
Ireland cricketer Ed Joyce has announced his retirement with immediate effect on Thursday and has brought an end to his 12-year career. He was recently part of the historic debut Test match of Ireland against Pakistan and went on to score 47 runs across two innings. The left-hander also went on to play 78 One-Day Internationals and 18 T20Is for his country. However, he will now work as the batting coach and will also oversee the leadership development in the Irish performance system.
Joyce is one of the very few cricketers who have represented two countries in ODIs and was the first player in T20Is to do so. He ended his career as the fifth highest run-getter for Ireland with 2151 runs to his name from 61 games at an average of 41.36. He played for England in 17 ODIs between 2006 and 2007 but could only muster 471 runs at an average of 27.70 before switching back to Ireland again.
Test match against Pakistan incredible
Ed Joyce relished the opportunity of playing in the longest format of the game for Ireland and felt that this was the right time to retire. “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,” Joyce was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. He was also grateful to the cricket board for getting him involved in the coaching straight away and was determined to hand over the baton to the next generation.
“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,” the 39-year-old added.
Ed Joyce featured for Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex and Sussex in the County circuit. He amassed 18461 runs from 255 games at an average of 47.95 with 47 centuries to his name in the first class cricket felt lucky to have played for Middlesex and Sussex.
“County Cricket has been such a huge part of my life for the last 16 years and I firmly believe there was no better place for me to learn about the game. I was lucky to have played for two of the best in Middlesex and Sussex and I cherish the friendships I made and trophies I won over this period,” Joyce said.