Alastair Cook resigns as England cricket captain

By Brian Jeeves in Cricket

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."

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