Alastair Cook has stepped down as England’s Test Captain. He captained England in 59 Tests, the most for an England captain.
The ECB released the news in a statement.
‘Cook discussed his decision with the Chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves, on Sunday evening and has confirmed his continuing commitment to playing Test cricket to Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, and the selectors.’
The release went on to note Cook’s achievements.
‘The 32-year old opening batsman is England’s most capped Test captain, has scored more Test centuries than any previous captain and is England’s most prolific Test batsman with 11,057 runs in 140 Tests to date.’
In Cook’s own words.
“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.”
The complete release can be found on the ECB’s website.