Alastair Cook resigns as England cricket captain

Alastair Cook

Cook, who took over the captaincy role after Andrew Strauss' retirement in 2012 and led the side more Test matches than any other England skipper, last captained the national side during their 0-4 defeat at the hands of Virat Kohli-led Indian side a year ago.

'It's been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years, ' Cook said.

Meanwhile, we have also learnt that Cook first discussed his decision with the Board Chairman Colin Graves before confirming his continuing commitment to playing Test cricket for the country to Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, and the selectors.

Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role.

Being a Test opener and facing the new ball is one of cricket's greatest challenges, but the added responsibility of being captain brings a whole new burden to carry.

"However Kevin Pietersen, who was dropped from the national side by Cook in 2014, mischievously tweeted: "#BringBackKP".

The penny-jar approach of Jonathan Trott worked great as a no.3, but promoting him to opener at the start of Cook's tenure worked like a contraceptive when what England needed was for life to be given to their top order.

The published intention is that what appears to be a formality will be concluded before England depart for their short one-day worldwide tour of West Indies on February 22, and it is understood the most likely timetable will take in an official announcement by the end of next week at the latest.

'He's got a very good cricket brain and is part of the newer generation.

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You don't have to scratch too far beneath the surface to see how much the job of England captain would mean to Joe Root - but you have to delve somewhat deeper to unearth his so-far limited experience of leadership on the field of play.

"As England captain, you're more than just a leader", said Hussain.

He has scored more Test centuries than any previous captain and is England's most prolific Test batsman with 11,057 runs in 140 Tests to date. "I'd been to the well a couple of times as England captain and I couldn't go again".

That defeat earned him the nickname "craptain" in the Yorkshire dressing room - a moniker he will hope won't stick when, as expected, he is named as Alastair Cook's successor as Test skipper.

Warne had asked Cook to quit Test leadership in order to focus on his batting and also said that it is the "worst day of captaincy" he'd seen at global level as England loss to Sri Lanka at home.

"You are the only one who knows how much gas you have left in the tank and how much the many demands of being England captain are taking out of you".

Cook leaves England with a promising, if as yet inconsistent, Test side.

"It is something he would have to adapt to, but I think he is the type of cricketer who would thrive on it rather than it being a problem for him".

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