By Brian Jeeves
ESSEX County Cricket Club’s Alastair Cook has announced his decision to stand down in his role as England captain.
The 32-year-old left-handed batsman was reportedly under pressure to relinquish the role following England’s 4-0 series defeat in India. Previously, Cook had led England for six years and 59 test matches, winning on 24 occasions after succeeding Andrew Strauss.
Cook reached a number of milestones while skippering his country, passing 10,000 test match runs and reaching 29 centuries.
In a statement following his resignation, Cook said: “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.
“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."