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Ireland’s Joyce twins retire from international cricket

Ireland’s Joyce twins, Isobel and Cecelia, introduced their retirement from international cricket after Ireland’s eight-wicket loss to New Zealand of their closing group-stage match within the World T20. It was additionally the final international sport for his or her team-mates, Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe, who had, in May this 12 months, introduced that the event can be their final. All 4 have been within the international circuit for almost 20 years, with 37-year-old Shillington having debuted in 1997.

While Shillington and Metcalfe obtained a guard of honour from gamers of each groups earlier than taking the sector, the Joyces knowledgeable their determination to their team-mates solely through the post-match huddle.

Allrounder Isobel, who made her Ireland debut in 1999, has performed 79 ODIs and 55 T20Is, whereas opening batsman Cecelia, who entered the international circuit two years later, has performed 57 ODIs and 43 T20Is. Isobel had additionally led Ireland in 62 video games earlier than stepping down as captain following the World T20 in 2016.

“I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for us. The next 10-12 months will be about transitioning the team as we don’t have any international fixtures coming up,” Laura Delany, the Ireland captain, stated.

Earlier this 12 months, their brother Ed Joyce, who has represented each Ireland and England, introduced his retirement from skilled cricket, following Ireland’s inaugural males’s Test match towards Pakistan in Dublin. Five Joyce siblings have represented Ireland in all – Dom, who performed three ODIs in 2006-07, and Gus, who performed one first-class sport for Ireland in 2000.

Post-retirement, all 4 gamers are set to remain concerned within the sport, with Cecelia specializing in her function as vice-president of Ireland’s participant affiliation and the opposite three taking on teaching roles.

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