Alastair Cook stands down as England Test captain

ALASTAIR Cook resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, saying it was “a sad day” but the right decision for the team.

Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain 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.

Yorkshire batsman Joe Root is the early favourite to take over with an announcement expected in the next fortnight.

“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.

Alastair Cook has relinquished the England Test captaincy.Alastair Cook has relinquished the England Test captaincy.Source: AP

KEVIN Pietersen and Alastair Cook never saw eye-to-eye.

The saga between Pietersen and Cook saw their relationship deteriorate while touring Australia in 2013-14 with Cook having a hand in ensuring the former’s England career was over.

So as the England Test captain stood down from the role on Monday after 59 matches in charge, calling it “a sad day” but the right decision for the team, KP found an opportunity to cheekily reinsert himself into the conversation.

Just after news broke of Cook’s decision, Pietersen simply tweeted #BringBackKP.

ALASTAIR Cook resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, saying Monday it was “a sad day” but the right decision for the team.

Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain 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.

Yorkshire batsman Joe Root is the early favourite to take over with an announcement expected in the next fortnight. That could make things interesting in the upcoming Ashes series following his infamous run-in with Australian vice-captain David Warner in a Birmingham pub.

“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.

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