Irish veteran Ed Joyce, who previously played international cricket for England, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on Thursday. He takes up role as a batting coach.
The 39-year-old is the oldest Test debutant in this decade. He has bid adieu just a week after finishing Ireland’s debut Test against Pakistan at Malahide. He scored 43 runs in the second innings.
“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.
“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 made debut for Ireland in 1997 and continued till 2005. In 2006, he made his international debut for England. He played 17 ODIs and 2 T20Is in English shirts including a hundred against Australia.
He then moved to Ireland ahead of 2011 World Cup. He has played 61 ODIs for them and scored 2151 runs at 41.36 including five centuries.
Joyce had a splendid county career, playing for Middlesex and Sussex. He captained them to several titles. He had a streak of scoring thousand runs in seven successive seasons. In 255 first-class matches, he aggregated 18461 runs at 47.95 including 47 tons and 92 fifties.
Last year, Joyce took himself out of county cricket only to play Test cricket for Ireland. Now he’s decided to retire from the game after playing his country’s first Test.