Cook Quits English Captaincy In Test Formats : ECB

Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook-Great English Captain

Great English Batsman Alastair Cook resigned from the Test Format Captaincy of the English Cricket Team on Monday. Cook said it was a “sad day ” for him but this step is a right decision for him as well as the team.”It’s been a huge honor to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years,” said Cook.” 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.” He gave his resignation to England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves on Sunday.

Cook has for England scored 11,057 runs in Tests. He became captain in August 2012 and holded the responsibility in 59 Test Matches. He also led his nation to a glorious Ashes Victory in 2013 & 2015 as well as winning series against Indians & the Proteans. He is the country’s most capped Test skipper and he has scored Test centuries more than any other English Captain ever till date. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2012 and ICC (International Cricket Council) World Test Captain in 2013.

Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs
Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs

English Team’s 4-0 defeat in India last year stands out as the most prominent reason for his stepping down as a captain due to consequent and natural pressure on a captain to win for its team.

“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.”, Cook added.

He was the first England batsman to reach 10,000 and then 11,000 Test runs and sits 10th in the all-time list, 4,864 runs behind the record held by the great Sachin Tendulkar.

“This type of sportsman only comes once in a generation, maybe less,” Gooch said. “He’s a great man and he’s still got great things to do for his country.”

Former English Player & Cook's Coach- Graham Cooch
Former English Player & Cook’s Coach- Graham Cooch

Joe Root is expected to take over when England next play in July.

This is surely a huge loss for the English, as they would no more have the Great Cook as their Captain but still Cook would be continuing to play as a batsmen.

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