Ireland’s southpaw batsman Ed Joyce has called it a day from the International Cricket with immediate effect. The left-hander will now take on the onus of batting coach for the Ireland team. Moreover, Joyce will also look after the leadership development of the Irish team.
Joyce had recently played in the historic debut Test match against the Pakistan team. Furthermore, Joyce went on to play 77 One Day Internationals and 18 T20 Internationals. Joyce is one of few players to represent two countries. The left-hander also featured for England in the 2007 World T20I Cup.
Ed Joyce looks forward to his second innings.
Joyce believes that it is the right time for him to hang up his boots. “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 Joyce.
Joyce also represented England.
The Ireland middle-order batsman scored 2622 runs in the 77 One-Dayers while he gathered 477 runs in the 15 innings of T20I. Ed is the fifth leading run-scorer for Ireland team in the 50-over format as he scored 2151 runs in 61 matches. Joyce scored 47 runs in the solitary Test match for Ireland. Ed best knock of 160 in One-Day form came against Afghanistan in 2016.
Ed went on to thank Ireland Cricket for everlasting support in his career. “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.”
Meanwhile, Joyce played 17 One Day Internationals for England in which he scored 471 runs. He also represented England in two T20 Internationals.
However, Ed Joyce had a fine career in the County Championship. The left-hander accumulated 18461 runs in 255 matches in the first class form while playing 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,” he said.
After gaining so much from the game, Ed Joyce will now look to give it back to the Ireland Cricket.