Alastair Cook has resigned from his position as the captain of the England Test team, following a series of defeats in 2016.
The 32-year-old had been considering his position since the team’s 4-0 loss to India in late December. Throughout the year, England lost eight of 17 Tests.
Director of England’s cricket Andrew Strauss said Cook made the decision independently. “Alastair felt that a huge amount of energy and drive and commitment was needed to take the England team forward over the next 12 to 18 months and he had some questions in the back of his mind as to how much he had left in the tank,” said Strauss.
“You are the only one who knows how much gas you have left in the tank and how much the many demands of being England captain are taking out of you… He feels it is time for new blood, new impetus and fresh thinking and allow someone else to take over and do that.”
Cook said in a statement, “It’s been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years. 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.”
Cook, who has scored 11,057 Test runs in 140 matches, led his team to win the Ashes series in 2013 and 2015.
The team’s vice captain, Joe Root is expected to take over Cook’s position.