Alastair Cook resigns as England Test team's skipper

06 February 2017, 05:32 PM
Alastair Cook - File Photo (Getty)
Alastair Cook - File Photo (Getty)

Alastair Cook has resigned from the England Test captaincy's post after leading the English team to a record 59 Test matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.

Cook, England's leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became skipper in August 2012 and led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa.

"It's been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years," Cook, 32, said in a statement. "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." 

First Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 05:10 PM

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