Former England captain Alastair Cook has announced the decision to step down as Test Captain. Cook said that he has started doubting about his leadership quality after the drawn four-match series against Pakistan in 2016.
After a record of 59 matches in charge for England Test, this year Cook decided to step down. Talking about his tour to the subcontinent, test against Bangladesh defeat and also loss with 0-4 in the five-test series against India.
Cook, England left-handed opening batsman, said about the match drawn series against Pakistan. “I started questioning myself on certain decisions, not just tactically on the pitch, but with leadership in general.”
When asked by cricket.com.au, Cook said “There is so much about this team. You don’t win an Ashes series (in 2015), having been such heavy underdogs as we were, and win them the way we did, and then go on and beat South Africa (in South Africa), like we did, without having a huge amount about you, but last year we didn’t push on from that.”
“Not to beat Pakistan was disappointing. The question that I kept coming back to was, ‘Am I leading the team forward?”
Cook more said that he wanted to finish the captaincy against Australia during the Ashes. “Sometimes getting away and outside the team bubble can help and our hotel was out in the sticks. We didn’t see any of the guys.”
“When I came back, it was quite clear in my mind. Then came a couple of heavy defeats. By the time of leaving the field at the end of the final Test, I would have been very surprised if I captained again, though nobody knew that.”