‘Cook knew it was time to step aside’, say Strauss

Confirming Alastair Cook’s resignation the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that his resignation was accepted and the process to appoint the next Test captain has already begun.
Root, appointed vice-captain in 2015, has become one of England’s leading performers in all three formats and has always been touted as Cook’s successor, despite never captaining his county, Yorkshire, or England.He came under intense pressure during the summer of 2014, in particular, having played an influential role in the controversial sacking of Kevin Pietersen after the Ashes whitewash, only to rise to great heights again in 2015 when he reclaimed the Ashes.Pietersen wasted little time pleaded his case, tweeting #BringBackKP shortly after the Cook news broke.The good times were not, it seemed, built to last – and the ferocity of Australia’s reclaiming of the Ashes left lacerations in England’s team ethic that, in certain notable cases, would never fully heal.Cook led his country to Ashes glory on home soil in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa.But the fact he took England for a record 59 Tests pretty much says it all, and there’s no shortage of highlights.The really big question is how that affects the new captain’s own form.

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LaLiga attracts me a lot. “Everyone tells me about England, but that is not the league which excites me the most”. On the potential of a move to Madrid, he added: “We’re dropping Madrid, there was too much noise around it”.
What now for Alastair Cook?England headed to Sydney with the 2010-11 Ashes in the bag but a series win was at stake. Cook was hanging on to the captaincy by his fingertips, but a series win over India helped stave off the doomsayers and Cook carried on for another two years.Cook leaves England with a promising, if as yet inconsistent, Test side.The team showed a willingness to fight when they got into trouble as well as a pronounced aggressive streak thanks to Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.With the minimum of fuss and maximum solidity at a time when he had to deal with plenty of turmoil within the team, Cook moulded himself into an impressive, respected leader while still managing to remain a towering batsman, England’s all-time top scorer in test annals.”Deep down, I don’t know how much longer I am going to carry on”, he said in a magazine interview.After a tenure of over four years leading from the front – a period in which England saw several successes – Cook believes the present moment as the ideal time to call it quits before finding an able leader for the future.