Cook hints at resigning from captaincy


England captain Alastair Cook has hinted that he could be giving up the Test armband in the near future, and says he’s excited to play as a pure batsman.

Cook has been England’s Test skipper since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012, and said in the The Cricketer magazine that he could resign in the next two months.

This means the current tour to India could well be his last, though he did say it could also be a year from now. But he was clear that playing without the captaincy burden was appealing.

Cook said, as quoted by The Times: “Deep down I don’t know how much longer I am going to carry on.

“It could be two months, it could be a year.”

He added: “I do look forward to the day when hopefully I can play a Test match as just a batter, there’s no doubt about that.

“If that happens I am going to really enjoy standing at first slip and being the bloke who makes suggestions to whoever’s in charge and not being the bloke who has to make the final decision.

“There have been some tough moments and amazing moments and you can enjoy that success that little bit more because of what you go through as England captain.”

Cook is set to break England’s record for Tests as captain (54), currently held by Michael Atherton, during the five-match series in India.