Sussex have confirmed that Ireland batsman Ed Joyce has announced retirement from county cricket with immediate effect in order to concentrate on international cricket.
With Ireland likely to be granted Test status in 2018, the 38-year-old has decided to focus on his provincial side Leinster, thereby confirming an end to his association with English county clubs.
Joyce debut in first-class came in 1999 for Middlesex and after spending 10 years with the club, he switched to Sussex in 2009 and went on to captain the side in 2012. He also captained Sussex to two successive third position finish in Division One and has amassed 8,000 runs at an average just under 50 and has also managed to notch 23 centuries.
Confirming that his Ireland commitments and injuries played a part in his county career coming to an end, Joyce thanked Sussex for the extended support handed to him over the years.
“County cricket has been a huge part of my life for the last 18 years and it is with a tinge of sadness that I've decided not to play this season or beyond. I fully intended on playing at least some cricket for Sussex in 2017 but the realities of my various injuries, alongside my playing commitments here in Ireland have meant that this isn't possible.
“So when Mark and Luke asked about my availability for the upcoming Championship games, I felt the best thing to do for me and the club was to retire from county cricket altogether so we could both move on."
Joyce also added that he is excited by the prospect of Ireland getting a chance to play at the highest level in international cricket.
“On the playing side, I'm still enjoying competing for Ireland and Leinster. With the prospect of Test cricket and full membership potentially on the horizon, it's an exciting time for Irish cricket and I want to play my part in this process as long as I feel I can contribute on the field.
“Good Old Sussex By The Sea!”
Overall, Jouce has close to 18,000 runs from 248 matches that includes 45 centuries and 92 fifties with an average of 48.
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