Alastair Cook opens up more about England captaincy

He orchestrated a graceful resignation, on his own terms, in his own time, and without controversy. It must be mentioned that Warne used to be a big critique of Cook and two didn t really get along very well. "I've loved every minute as England captain, but it's a job you have to commit 100% to, and there've been certain times throughout my four or five years in the job when I've been to the well and dug pretty deep". It's a decision only he could make - and what people must remember is it's not just Alastair Cook, the captain; it's Alastair Cook, the father, the husband. The first time he tried to answer this last one he patted it back with a flat bat, which is after all the method he uses for most of the awkward deliveries he faces. "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 said in a written statement. "He didn't let things away from the game affect him". I can't say now I have any regrets. I gave it my best shot.

Here we look at where he came from, what he won and what now for the now ex-skipper...

"There are huge talents in that dressing room and I hope to be still part of it and be able to lead in a slightly different way". And that was the way in which he and the England and Wales Cricket Board handled the sacking of Kevin Pietersen in 2014.

"Unfortunately, as stubborn as I am, I know that I couldn't do it any more like that and it would not be fair to myself or the team to continue at 95 percent".

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"I think if he were to go through a formal process it would be good for him because he would have to think about how he would do the job".

'Part of our responsibility is to get cricket in the newspapers for the right reasons and for six months or so it wasn't.

Cook, who otherwise reflects positively on his tenure as skipper, added: "The decision was what we thought was the best for English cricket". He has led them for more matches - 59 - than any captain before him, but his tactical limitations, perceived perhaps unfairly as a negative approach, have often been evident and none more so than in the recent tour of India where the lack of imagination and energy was apparent in the field. I felt it wasn't handled particularly well by the European Central Bank. I did bear the brunt of it.

"I think he's done his time, and now he wants to enjoy the last two or three years of his career".

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'That was as tough as it had got and it was a very special moment that kept me in the job because it was clear the public wanted me to carry on'.

Asked if he would have any advice for his younger self, or for that matter the player who is appointed to succeed him, Cook - a famously stubborn individual - was revealingly candid.

He went 35 Test innings without a century between May 2013 and March 2015, but the milestones have continued to stack up.

The 26-year-old Sheffield Collegiate man has learned on the job as No.2 for nearly two years and Cook himself, in an emotional interview after England's 4-0 series defeat in India before Christmas, admitted Root is ready to step up to the top job.

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