Alistair Cook Steps Down as Captain of England Team

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Chennai: England's cricket captain Alastair Cook after losing the test cricket series against India at MAC Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI12_20_2016_000309A)

Alistair Cook has decided to resign as the captain of England test team. Cook decided to resign captaincy after the team had humiliatingly lost 0-4 in the test series against India played in November-December 2016.

He is one of the most  successful captains for England winning the Ashes series in 2013 and 2015 at home. In 2012 Cook won a memorable test series win over India in India and also defeated South Africa in South Africa. Alistair Cook was appointed in 2012 and led England in 59 test matches. Apart from that he has led England in 69 One day internationals between 2010 and 2014.

Cook is the most successful batsmen for England scoring 11057 runs in 140 test matches till date. His performance with bat for England has been outstanding.

Confirming his decision, Cook said: “It’s been a huge honor 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,” Cook said. “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.

“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.”

Joe Root is a strong candidate to be named as the next captain for the England team. Alistair Cook will play a vital role for England in test matches.

 

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