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Alastair Cook was drained by England captaincy: Andrew Strauss

Alastair Cook stepped down as England captain yesterday. He would however continue to play for England in Tests

T2 Online Newsdesk 7 February 2017, 10:51 PM
Alastair Cook became England's permanent captain after Andrew Strauss stepped down in August 2012

Alastair Cook became England's permanent captain after Andrew Strauss stepped down in August 2012 Image: AFP

Alastair Cook, who led England in more cricket tests than any other captain, resigned from the role on Monday saying it was the right time. Captain in 59 tests, Cook had been debating his future in the position since England's 4-0 test series defeat in India at the end of last year. Andrew Straus, the director of England Cricket, said he expects to name a new captain before the team heads to the West Indies on Feb. 22. And he also said that Cook was drained by the role of a captain. In an interview with BBC, he said, "He was getting drained by the relentlessness of being England captain."

Batsman Joe Root, long touted as a future captain, is the favorite to replace the 32-year-old Cook, who wants to continue in Tests as a batsman.

Strauss said that Cook deserves to be seen as one of our country's great captains. Cook replaced Strauss as permanent captain in August 2012, helping England to victory in two home Ashes series, as well as test series in India and South Africa.

"It's been a huge honor to be England captain and to lead the test team over the past five years," Cook, England's highest test run-scorer, 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."

(With inputs from AP)

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