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Alastair Cook resigns as England's Test captain

Cook, who has hit 11,057 runs in his 140 Tests, said in an European Central Bank statement: "It's been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years".

English top scorer: In May 2015, during the first Test of the series against New Zealand, Alastair Cook surpassed Graham Gooch's 8,900 run mark to become England's top scorer. And as soon as Cook announced that he is stepping dowm as England's Test captain - Pietersen took to Twitter and tweeted #BringBackKP.

"It will be a weight lifted off his shoulders, but the next time he steps on to a cricket field as an England player it will not be "Alastair Cook, captain of England". Root has just seven Tests before next winter's Ashes series, which is little time to get used to the role.

Having also previously captained the ODI side, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most successful batsmen ever to play for England.

"It's a job you have to commit 100 per cent to", said the outgoing England captain on Tuesday.

Cook, a keen runner himself, knew his time on the captaincy treadmill was over. They chose to back their captain who was younger and more central to their plans going forward.

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Pietersen's exit proved to be a divisive matter among England supporters, if not for the management at the time or for incoming European Central Bank director Andrew Strauss a year later, when he confirmed there was no way back for the South Africa-born batsman. He will likely end up close to, or even surpass, Sachin Tendulkar's Test record of 15,921 runs and without the added burden of captaincy, one that has looked to be weighing heavily on his game in the past year, it is to be hoped he can recapture his best form.

Although Cook in no way suggested the wrong decision was made back then, he clearly senses the matter could have been resolved more sensitively. "He's been a very dignified captain of England", he told Sky Sports News.

Although he was far from alone in making the decision, it was Cook who was the public face of a move that left him in the firing line during a 2014 home season that started with a shock series defeat by Sri Lanka.

We continue our three-part series looking back on Alastair Cook's Test captaincy, analysing here the trials and tribulations of 2015.

The 32-year-old had been debating his position since England's chastening 4-0 loss in a Test series in India at the end of last year.

"His country owes him a great debt of gratitude", said Strauss. I felt like it wasn't handled particularly well from the European Central Bank.

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