After Ab de Villiers shocking retirement news, one of Ireland's veteran cricketer Ed Joyce has also decided to quit international cricket with immediate effect. The 39 year old has been a prodigy for Irish cricket and will now take up the role of batting consultant for Ireland cricket and will nurture the batting talent in the country.
He was one of the few cricketers to represent two countries in his career. The left hander has played a total of 78 one day internationals 17 for his adopted country of England and 18 Twenty20 internationals, two for England whereas, he featured in the first ever Test match for Ireland.
Ed Joyce last featured in the only test played against Pakistan held on May 11 at The Village in Dublin, Ireland where he scored 4 and 43 and has represented Ireland in 3 world cups from 2007-2015, emerging as one of the most reliable batsman for Ireland in World Cup cricket.
On Thursday evening he quoted, “I feel now is the right time to stop playing and get started on a new chapter,” he said. “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.”
Current skipper and one of Ed Joyce good friend William Porterfield, said: “He has had such an amazing career that he can be so proud of over the past 20 or so years. For it to culminate in taking the field for Ireland's first ever Test match was the icing on the cake, I'm sure.”