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Alastair Cook steps down as Test captain

Alastair Cook steps down as Test captain
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Alastair Cook stepped down from his role after 59 Tests as England Test captain followed his team\'sdisappointing showing in India recently. However, the left-hander will carry on as a player, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.

London: Alastair Cook stepped down from his role after 59 Tests as England Test captain followed his team'sdisappointing showing in India recently. However, the left-hander will carry on as a player, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.

Appointed in August 2012, Cook has led the team through more Test matches than any other England captain. His record includes Ashes victories at home in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa. He also led the one-day side for 69 one-day internationals between 2010 and 2014, another England record.

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.

His resignation has been accepted, the Board have been informed and the proper process has started to appoint the next Test captain - the 80th in England’s Test match history.

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.

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