Ed Joyce

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Ed Joyce
Personal information
Full name
Edmund Christopher Joyce
Born (1978-09-22) 22 September 1978 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOpening Batsman
International information
National sides
Only Test (cap 3)11 May 2018 
Ireland v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 193/37)13 June 2006 
England v Ireland
Last ODI16 March 2018 
Ireland v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.24 (36 for England)
T20I debut (cap 14/21)15 June 2006 
England v Sri Lanka
Last T20I21 March 2014 
Ireland v Netherlands
T20I shirt no.24 (36 for England)
Domestic team information
2009–2017Sussex (squad no. 24)
2017–2018Leinster Lightning
Head coaching information
2019–Ireland women
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 1 78 18 255
Runs scored 47 2,622 405 18,461
Batting average 23.50 38.00 33.75 47.95
100s/50s 0/0 6/15 0/1 47/92
Top score 43 160* 78* 250
Balls bowled 1,311
Wickets 11
Bowling average 93.90
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/34
Catches/stumpings 1/– 27/– 5/– 228/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 June 2019

Edmund "Ed" Christopher Joyce (born 22 September 1978) is an Irish cricket coach and former cricketer who played for both the Ireland and England national cricket teams. After beginning his career with Middlesex, he moved to Sussex in 2009, before returning to Ireland to play for Leinster Lightning in the fledgling first-class competition, the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship. A left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm bowler of medium pace, Joyce is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers produced by Ireland.[1]

After qualifying to play for England, Joyce was a member of the squad in the 2006–07 Ashes series and 2007 World Cup. Since dropping down the pecking order for selection with England, Joyce got special dispensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play for Ireland in the 2011 World Cup.[2]

He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first ever Test match, against Pakistan. On 24 May 2018, he announced his retirement from all professional cricket.[3] In June 2019, Joyce was appointed as the interim head coach of the Ireland women's cricket team.[4]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Dublin, educated at St. Patrick's Primary School, Bray, County Wicklow and at Presentation College, Bray, and studied economics at Trinity College, Dublin.[5]

County career[edit]


Joyce made his Middlesex debut in 1999 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2000. He has been a regular member of the first team since 2002, in which year he averaged 51 and scored four hundreds. Joyce replaced Owais Shah as acting county captain midway through the 2004 season, but was not appointed for the 2005 season.[citation needed]

Joyce captained the Middlesex team to victory in the 2008 Twenty20 Cup. After this competition, the captaincy was handed to Shaun Udal, and later it became apparent that the player's future at Middlesex was uncertain as his current contract was expiring and he had not agreed to sign an extension.[citation needed]


Joyce's batting statistics with Sussex
  Matches Runs Average 100/50 Highest score
First-class[6] 113 8,348 49.39 23/39 250
List A[7] 79 3,105 47.04 8/13 146
Twenty20[8] 35 529 18.24 0/1 56

It was announced on 3 November 2008 that Joyce would be leaving Middlesex to play for Sussex. Vinny Codrington, Middlesex's chief executive, said "[Joyce] felt he needed a fresh challenge. He felt moving counties would help him rediscover the form that got him into the England side a couple of years ago... He was always one of the first names on the team-sheet and he has been outstanding and undoubtedly we're going to miss him".[9] Despite his imminent departure, Middlesex included Joyce in their squad for the Stanford Super Series and the eventually-cancelled Twenty20 Champions League as a gesture of gratitude for his influence in winning the Twenty20 Cup.[citation needed]

A strong first season for Sussex, with three centuries, ensured Joyce remained on the fringes of England selection, being named in the provisional England squad for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and in November 2009, he signed a new three-year contract with the county.[10]

Joyce suffered a unique dismissal in a 2009 Championship game against Warwickshire. He swept a ball from Ant Botha straight into short-leg fielder Jonathan Trott's pocket. Trott had turned his back and leapt out of the way of the ball; he was stunned to find the ball lodged in his right pocket.[11] He became Sussex captain on 31 July 2012, succeeding Michael Yardy.[12]

In October 2015, Joyce announced he would step down as captain of the Sussex team following their relegation from the County Championship Division One.[13]

International career[edit]

Ireland: to 2005[edit]

Joyce played a number of matches for Ireland in the ICC Trophy, averaging over 70 in the competition, but in July 2005 qualified to play for England by virtue of his residency there. In October 2005, Joyce was selected for the England cricket academy and gained a spot in the England "A" squad to tour the West Indies in Spring 2006. In June 2006 he was selected in the England One Day International (ODI) squad for the series with Sri Lanka.

He made his England ODI debut against Ireland in Stormont Park, Belfast in June 2006. The Irish team included his younger brother, Dominick. Two days later, he represented England in his first Twenty20 International, but sprained his ankle and was out injured for four weeks. He made his return for Middlesex at Edgbaston on 14 July 2006, in the County Championship against Warwickshire, scoring a career-best 211 in the first innings.

England: 2006–2007[edit]

On 15 November 2006, Joyce was selected by England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney, to be in the Test squad for the 2006/2007 Ashes series, in place of Marcus Trescothick, who withdrew, suffering from a stress-related illness. This was a somewhat controversial decision as he was given preference over the more experienced Owais Shah and Robert Key.[14]

Although he was not chosen for any of the Tests against Australia he was chosen to play in the subsequent One-day International series following an injury to Kevin Pietersen. He totalled 288 runs in nine matches at an average of 32.00, including his maiden half-century in the losing run-chase against New Zealand at Perth.[citation needed]

However, the highlight of the series for Joyce was the victory over Australia at the SCG on 2 February 2007. Opening the innings, Joyce scored a match-winning 107 from 142 balls, helping England amass 292–7, and became the first English cricketer to score a One Day International century away from home in nineteen matches.[15]

Joyce was named Man of the Match for his performance, and the innings helped him earn a place in the squad for the World Cup in the West Indies.[citation needed] During the 2007 World Cup, Joyce made fifties against the non-Test nations of Canada and Kenya, but made a duck against New Zealand in the first group game and 1 against his native Ireland as well as dropping a catch in the first Super Eight game.[citation needed]

Ireland: 2011–2018[edit]

While he was scoring heavily for Sussex in 2009, Joyce harboured hopes of breaking back into the England team. However, he was overlooked and by March 2010 was considering representing Ireland again.[16] Joyce explained his choice to return to Irish colours:

When I made the decision in 2001 to try and play for England, it was with a view to trying to play Test cricket which is the pinnacle of the game and which of course Ireland doesn't play. While I strongly believe I'm good enough to play Test cricket for England, I've taken the decision now to try and play for Ireland again. There are a few reasons for this, with the most obvious being that I'm a born and bred Irishman. Secondly, I feel I have a lot to offer to Irish cricket. I had a very successful 2009 with Sussex winning the Most Valuable Player award for the Friends Provident trophy and also two winners medals in theTwenty20 Cup and Nat West Pro40 competition. I feel I'm playing the best cricket of my career and would like to bring this form with me to help Ireland be even more successful on the world stage, a success which I am committed to running in tandem with my Sussex career, in the same way that other Irish players have satisfied club and country commitments really well.

— Ed Joyce, May 2010[17]

Under normal circumstances it takes four years to qualify to play for a country; having played for England at the 2007 World Cup in April 2007, Joyce was set to miss playing for Ireland in the 2011 tournament, taking place in February.[18]

In October it was announced that Joyce and former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall would tour India with Ireland; it was hoped that it would assist their integration into the team in the event the ICC allowed them to play for Ireland in ODIs.[19]

In November 2010, the ICC announced that Joyce's qualification period would be shortened by the ICC and that he would be allowed to play for Ireland at the World Cup,[18] and he was subsequently selected in Ireland's 15-man squad for the tournament.[20]

In May 2015 Joyce and fellow cricketer Tim Murtagh announced their retirement from T20 cricket[21] (although Murtagh subsequently reversed his decision to retire from the format).[22]

In June 2015 Joyce scored 231 runs in the first innings against the United Arab Emirates in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup at Malahide. It was the highest by an Ireland player in multi-day cricket and was the first double century scored by an Irish player on home soil.[23][24]

Test cricket[edit]

In May 2018, he was named in a fourteen-man squad for Ireland's first ever Test match, which was played against Pakistan later the same month.[25][26] He made his Test debut for Ireland on 11 May 2018. At 39 years and 231 days he was the oldest Test debutant this century, and the oldest since Omar Henry who was 40 years and 215 days when South Africa resumed Test cricket after their imposed isolationism due to apartheid.[27][28][29]

Joyce faced the first delivery and scored the first run for Ireland in Test cricket.[30] He also became the first batsman to be dismissed for Ireland, when he was out lbw, bowled by Mohammad Abbas.[31] A week after the Test match, he retired from all forms of cricket.[32]

International record[edit]

Joyce's Test, ODI and T20I batting and fielding statistics
  Matches Runs Avge 100/50 HS Ct
Ireland (Test)[6] 1 47 23.50 0/0 43 1
England (ODI)[7] 17 471 27.70 1/3 107 6
Ireland (ODI)[7] 61 2,151 41.36 5/12 160* 21
England (T20I)[8] 2 1 1.00 0/0 1 0
Ireland (T20I)[8] 16 404 36.72 0/1 78* 5


In September 2019, Joyce was appointed as the head coach of Ireland women's cricket team.[33]


Ed is the sixth-born of nine children of James "Jimmy" and Maureen Joyce,[34][35][36] all of whom began their cricketing lives at Bray Cricket Club, now called North Wicklow. Five of the Joyce siblings have represented Ireland at cricket. Brothers Gus and Dominick played for the Irish men's team (the latter in three ODI matches), while twin sisters, Isobel and Cecelia, have represented the Irish women for the past decade.[37] Brothers Johnny and Damian played club cricket in Dublin and Wicklow, though did not play professionally.[38]

His mother Maureen Joyce was a cricket scorer.[39][36] She was also scorer in two WODIs in 2002 when New Zealand women toured to Netherlands and Ireland.[40]

Joyce's eldest sister, Helen Joyce, is an author who is best known for her work focusing on transgender issues.[41]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Ed Joyce may return to play for Ireland in World Cup, bbc.co.uk; accessed 4 December 2015.
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  5. ^ Balasundaram, Nemesha (23 October 2014). "Ed Joyce on his England past, 2015 World Cup ambitions and the future of Ireland cricket". The Irish Post. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
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  7. ^ a b c "ListA Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Ed Joyce". CricketArchive.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Ed Joyce". CricketArchive.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  9. ^ Staff (3 November 2008). "Joyce quits Middlesex for Sussex". Cricinfo.com.; retrieved 3 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Ed Joyce Extends Sussex Contract". Cricketworld.com. 11 November 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
  11. ^ Tallentire, Mark (9 July 2009). "Warwickshire get lucky and pocket Ed Joyce's wicket". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Michael Yardy steps down at Sussex". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Ed Joyce steps down as Sussex captain after three years". BBC. 5 October 2015.
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  15. ^ Scorecard, cricinfo.com; accessed 4 December 2015.
  16. ^ Staff (26 March 2010), Joyce ponders return to Ireland, Cricinfo.com, retrieved 9 November 2010
  17. ^ Staff (24 May 2010), Ed Joyce hopes for early Ireland switch, Cricinfo.com, retrieved 9 November 2010
  18. ^ a b Staff (9 November 2010), Joyce cleared to represent Ireland at World Cup, Cricinfo.com, retrieved 9 November 2010
  19. ^ Staff (20 October 2010), Ed Joyce and Hamish Marshall named in Ireland touring party, cricinfo.com, retrieved 9 November 2010
  20. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (19 January 2011), Ireland pick Ed Joyce for World Cup, espncricinfo.com, retrieved 27 January 2011
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  22. ^ "Rankin, Murtagh back in Ireland squad". ESPNCricinfo.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
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  25. ^ "Ireland announce 14-man squad for historic first Test against Pakistan". Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Ireland omit George Dockrell for historic first men's Test against Pakistan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Joyce poised to take Aussie's record". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  28. ^ "Only Test, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Dublin, May 11-15 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Ireland win toss, opt to bowl in historic Test against Pakistan". Geo TV. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Pakistan run riot after declaration to leave Ireland in disarray". Irish Times. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Ireland collapse to 5-3 against Pakistan after Sarfaraz and co declare at 310/9". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Ed Joyce: the man who carried Irish cricket". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Ed Joyce appointed permanent Head Coach of Ireland Women's cricket team | Cricket Ireland". www.cricketireland.ie.
  34. ^ Wigmore, Tim (June 2016). "The first family of cricket". The Cricket Monthly. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016.
  35. ^ Hariharan, Shruti (21 March 2016). "The Joyces: Ireland's greatest cricketing family". Cricket Country. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016.
  36. ^ a b "CBP Ep.5: The Joy(ce)s of cricket". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  37. ^ Keeping it in the family, bbc.co.uk; accessed 4 December 2015.
  38. ^ Fitzgerald, James (15 August 2006). "The Cricket Family Joyce". Irish Times.
  39. ^ "Profile: Maureen Joyce". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  40. ^ "Maureen Joyce as Scorer in Women's ODI Matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  41. ^ Coleman Hughes, Colman Hughes. "Coleman Hughes on The Transgender Revolution with Helen Joyce [S2 Ep.30]". Youtube. Youtube. Retrieved 23 April 2022.

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