Alastair Cook Steps Down as England Test Captain – One more captain has stepped down and this time it’s England’s opening sensation, Alastair Cook. After having a poor 2016, pressure was continuously building on England’s Test captain Alastair Cook. Lack of runs and defeats faced in 2016 is considered as the major reason behind Alastair Cook stepping down as England Test captain.
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Alastair Cook has stepped down as captain of longer format for England with immediate effect. The ECB confirmed on Monday (February 6) Cook’s decision. Cook has earlier conveyed his decision to ECB head Colin Graves on Sunday. Cook also has made clear that he would be available for selection as a player. With Cook stepping down, ECB now has begun the process to appoint their next Test skipper. Joe Root is most likely to take this job.
Alastair Cook has led England in 59 Test matches. Appointed in August 2012, Cook has led the team in most Test matches than any other England captain. His reign includes famous victories of Ashes 2013 and 2015 at home and away wins in South Africa and India. Cook is the most prolific batsman in England cricket with 11,057 runs in 140 Tests to date. During his term of 5 years, Cook was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2012 and ICC World Test Captain in 2013.
While confirming his decision, Cook said:
It’s been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years. Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team. I’ve had time to reflect after the India series and this weekend I spoke to Colin Graves, the Chairman, to explain and offer my resignation. It’s a sad day personally in many ways but I want to thank everyone I’ve captained, all the coaches and support staff and, of course, the England supporters and the Barmy Army who follow us home and away and have given us unwavering support. Playing for England really is a privilege and I hope to carry on as a Test player, making a full contribution and helping the next England captain and the team however I can.