Legendary Ireland opening batsman Ed Joyce has retired from all forms of cricket following a glittering career at county and international level.
The 39-year old has represented Middlesex and Sussex in the County Championship and has played international cricket for both England and Ireland across a 21-year career.
He will now take up a role with Cricket Ireland overseeing leadership development and also as a batting coach in the Irish performance system.
Joyce played in Ireland's first ever Test match against Pakistan last week, scoring 47 runs across his two innings, but has now made the decision to step away from the game.
Most recently he was playing his club cricket with the Leinster Lightning in the Irish Interprovincial Championship.
Despite being born in Dublin, and featuring for Ireland 50 times since 1997, Joyce made the spectacular decision to declare for England for the 2007 World Cup, becoming the first ever Irishman to play for England when selected.
However, Joyce switched back to his native country in time for the 2011 World Cup, which will be forever remembered for that famous win over England, and proceeded to make over 100 more appearances in the green of Ireland.
He retired from Twenty20 cricket in 2015, but continued to play in ODIs for Ireland including an historic innings of 231 against the United Arab Emirates at Malahide - the first double century scored by an Irishman on home soil.
“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.”
Ireland captain William Porterfield paid tribute to the impact Joyce had on Irish cricket and wished his team-mate the best for the future.
“It is pretty hard to sum up in just a few words how much of an impact Ed has had on Irish cricket and how much of an all-round great person he is. He is the person, from my era, that showed that being a professional cricketer was a tangible dream across the water. He inspired a whole generation to show that it is possible,” said Porterfield.
“He is someone that I have always looked up to and to have had the opportunity to play with him for the past few years has been an absolute privilege. He will be a great miss in the changing rooms, not only for his runs, but the person he is. A lot of us, not least the young lads, have learned so much from him.”
“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. He has seen the transition from a completely amateur organisation into being a full member and professional.”
“I would like to thank him for everything he has ever done for me and Cricket Ireland. I wish him all the best in his next chapter and I’m sure I will look to draw on his knowledge as we continue to move forward.