Monday, 6 February 2017

Disappointed but not Surprised Alistair Cook resigns as England Captain


The decision that we have been waiting for has come, and Alistair Cook CBE has decided that its time to pass the baton to a new captain and that would seem to be Joe Root. I must say I was hoping he would stay on for one more Ashes. However that would have been a very big commitment and certainly at the end of recent tour of India he did look very dejected and tired. Quite rightly he gave himself some time with his family to think it over and his decision has been made. It had to be now, it gives Joe Root the summer to get prepared for the biggest test of his career, down under for the Ashes.

Cooky has done a great job, its a shame he could not finish on a high, but he can now concentrate on his batting as he goes in search of the highest number of test runs, the record held by Sachin Tendulkar. He has captained England for 59 times (thought it was more) and an away series victory in India in 2012 and two Ashes wins at home in 2013 and 2015 obvious highlights. He received the MBE in 2011 and CBE in 2016. 

Ben Stokes is expected to take over as Vice Captain.

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