The 79th captain of the England test team is all set to leave the spot. Alastair Cook, has decided to step down from the post of the England Test team captain, after having led the side to 24 test wins. His career as the test team captain has been one of the most fascinating and has been through many ups and downs. While on one end, he has helped the side win as many as 24 tests, which is the second largest number of test wins, under the belt of any test team captain of England, on the other hand, he has also made news, after losing five matches in the last 7 tests.
Alastair Cook Steps Down As The Captain; Will Play As A Regular Player
The England team is yet to announce the name of the successor, however, it seems likely that Joe Root will take up the captaincy boots, an official declaration of the same is yet awaited. Cook has been an able leader of the team and has won two Ashes tournaments on his home ground in the year 2013 and 2015. In his days of captaincy, he has been named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the year 2012 and also ICC World Test Captain in the very next year.
According to sources, Cook has had a discussion regarding his decision with the chairman of the ECB, Colin Graves on Sunday. Cook has also confirmed that he will keep playing as a regular player in the Test team to Andrew Strauss, who is the current team director of the English team. Strauss also suggested that the replacement for the captain in the team would be spotted before the commencement of the tour to West Indies.
Talking about his decision, Cook said that it has been a huge pleasure for him, to be the leader of the team for the last five decades. He also said that stepping down from the post was incredibly hard for him, however, this was also the toughest one. However, he said that he feels this is the best decision for himself and for the team alike.