England opening batsman, Alastair Cook, on Monday decided to step down as captain of Test team. Fellow batsman Joe Root is regarded as the favourite to replace him.
The 32-year-old took the role from Andrew Strauss in 2012, leading England in 59 Tests, winning 24, losing 22 and drawing 13. He led his country to Ashes victories in 2013 and 2015 and also enjoyed series wins over India and South Africa.
The year 2016 proved to be a forgettable one for Cook, as his side suffered massive series defeats against India and South Africa.
“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. “I’ve had time to reflect after the India series and this weekend I spoke to Colin Graves, the Chairman, to explain and offer my resignation," Cook was quoted in a report by Mirror.
“It’s a sad day personally in many ways but I want to thank everyone I’ve captained, all the coaches and support staff and, of course, the England supporters and the Barmy Army who follow us home and away and have given us unwavering support.
“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,’’ he added.
Post Cook’s resignation, micro-blogging site Twitter went berserk and wished the southpaw on an incredible career as England’s skipper. Here are the best of tweets.
Timing in life is everything .. and once again Alastair Cook has got it spot on .. A Great man who I hope plays on for many more years #Cook
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 6, 2017
Thanks Skip! pic.twitter.com/cvw0oZeaPw
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) February 6, 2017
Graham Gooch tells @bbc5live Alastair Cook still has much to offer: "He's a great man and he still has great things to do for his country."
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) February 6, 2017
Hats off to Alistair Cook. A fantastic captain for @ECB_cricket
Only to lose 13 test matches under his leadership is a hell of a record.
— Marcus North (@Marcus_North) February 6, 2017
I'm surprised he's stepped down but hes a great man and a brilliant ambassador for the sport!lots more runs from Cooky in an Eng shirt #cook
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) February 6, 2017