Following his forgettable tour of India in 2016-17, England Test skipper Alastair Cook has decided to step down from captaincy, but will continue to play the format. A veteran of 59 Test matches as England skipper, Cook has managed to win 24 of them second only after former England Skipper Michael Vaughn who has 26 victories to his name.
Alastair Cook has been one of the most prolific run getters for England, Cook finds himself placed 10th in the list of highest run getters in Test cricket with 11, o57 runs at an average of almost 47 with 32 hundreds.
As England captain Cook saw many highs and lows in his career.
Cricketsoccer lists down some of the memorable moments – the highs – in Cook’s career as England captain.
Conquering India in 2012-13
It was against India that Alastair Cook started his Test career back in 2006. In 2012-13 he came back to lead England in one of his most memorable victories as England captain. After going down in the first Test at Ahmedabad, Cook led his team to back to back victories in the second and the third Test in Mumbai and Kolkata. He scored 562 runs in four matches, including three hundred. Also it was him who found two great spinners in England colors in Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, who absolutely decimated India in their own backyard in the series. Also, it was this series, which started, the differences between Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook, giving birth to the huge Textgate incident after which Pietersen was no longer a constant member of the England team and the management started disregarding him. Thus, it can be very well said that Cook’s success as England captain started with this very series win in India.
The Ashes victory in 2013
Cook’s performance in the series was not impressive, but still he managed to win the Ashes in 2013. Most of it was because he had two great bowlers in James Anderson and Stuart Broad who made the victories possible. 10 wickets for Anderson in the Trent Bridge Test and 11 for Broad in the Durham test ensured England won the series 3-0. Cook scored just 277 runs in the series, but there could be no disguising his relief and pride at the end of the fifth Test, when he lifted the urn in front of the Oval crowd to confirm England’s retention of the sport’s oldest prize for the third straight time.
Bouncing back in style against India in 2014
Alastair Cook was in the soup when India were touring England three years back. A defeat at Lord’s and the Kevin Pietersen saga made him a subject of harsh criticism and moreover, his bat was not scripting enough runs for his team. Captain Cook found the going tough. In the third Test at Southampton, he rediscovered his lost form and made 95 runs, which set the tone for England and they leveled the series. Cook gelled his men very well under tough circumstances and England toppled India in the next two Tests at Manchester and Oval to essay a memorable comeback.
Winning back the Ashes in 2015
England came back to win the Ashes at home and Cook became only the second English captain to win the Ashes twice after WG Grace and Mike Brearley. One again, it was his bowlers who set it up for Cook with Stuart Broad’s 8 for 15 in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge becoming the talking point of the series.
Victory in South Africa in 2015-16
After a series defeat against Pakistan in the Middle East, Cook and his men landed in South Africa for the Basil D’Oliveira trophy. South Africa were the best team in the world, despite a humiliation in India, they were expected to win against England. But Cook’s men never let the Protaes to settle down and snatched another away win.