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Alistair Cook resigns as England captain

Alistair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in charge.

Cook, who led his country to Ashes victories in 2013 and 2015, took up the role in 2012 after Andrew Strauss stepped down.

The 30-year-old, who has more appearances and scored more runs than any other player in English Test cricket, 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.”

Record breaker:

  • England Tests as captain: 59
  • England Test appearances: 140
  • England Test runs: 11,057
  • England Test centuries: 30
  • England Test defeats as captain: 22

Reaction

The great and the good of English cricket reacted to Cook’s resignation on Twitter.

England bowler Stuart Broad said thanks to his teammate.

Former England Captain Michael Vaughan paid tribute.

Allrounder Moeen Ali also had kind words for his former captain.

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