England Captain Alastair Cook who took the country to Ashes fame in 2013 has stepped down from Test captaincy after a record of 59 matches in the role. He was the leading England scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs to his name. Cook had been bestowed with the captaincy in the year 2012 and had led the team in 59 tests including the double Ashes win at home and the win over India and South Africa. Confirming Alastair Cook’s resignation the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that his resignation was accepted and the process to appoint the next Test captain has already begun.
In a statement after his resignation, Alastair Cook said that it was an honour for him to have led the team for five years, stepping down was a tough decision for him but it was correct for both the team and himself.
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Alastair Cook is regarded as one of the most prolific players of the country with many laurels to his name. Recently he was honoured with the post of Commander of the Most Excellent order of the British Empire.
Alastair’s captaincy came under a radar when England failed miserably in the five match Test series against India and their performance in Bangladesh. Though Cook managed to score a century in the first Test, but the series ended with a rampant Indian victory.
Cook has been the only captain who has led the team through more Test Matches than any other English captain. No one has been confirmed as yet to replace Cook, but a probable contender for the position is Joe Root.