BREAKING: Cook quits

BREAKING: Cook quits

Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

06 Feb 2017, 11:03 #1

Alastair Cook has resigned as England test captain after a record run of 59 matches at the helm.

He was England's all-time leading run-scorer but was he a great captain?
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Joined: 21 Oct 2013, 13:37

06 Feb 2017, 11:12 #2

He got a cbe last week, and the forum gave him an extra e today Cook(e).

Note: Thanks, Marsker. Duly noted and corrected. Alex
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

06 Feb 2017, 11:18 #3

The 4th worst England captain ever, so not a hard act to follow!!! Hopefully England will appoint someone with some personality, as his replacement.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

06 Feb 2017, 11:54 #4

Yes, because appointing captains with "personality" worked so well with Botham, Pietersen etc.

Also, Stuart, I'd be interested to see who you think are the 3 worse captains than Cook?

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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

06 Feb 2017, 12:09 #5

Strauss has said that Cook's country owes him a great debt of gratitude, i can only presume he doesn't mean England due to all the foreigners that end up playing.
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

06 Feb 2017, 12:27 #6

Two Ashes series victories plus series wins away from home in India and South Africa. I think most England captains over the last 40 years or so would take that. The whitewash in Australia and the recent hammering in India are big minus points though.
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Joined: 25 Jul 2015, 12:36

06 Feb 2017, 12:57 #7

According to Sky bookmakers have Joe Root at 1/20 favourite for the captaincy
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Joined: 07 Mar 2014, 11:28

06 Feb 2017, 15:14 #8

"The 4th worst England captain ever, so not a hard act to follow!!"

Or if your glass is half full, the fourth best England captain ever (of those who captained at least 40 games), in terms of winning percentage. The fact that Atherton and Hussain have a worse record than Cook (but I find it hard to believe that they were worse captains), shows the benefits of captaining a high quality side.
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Joined: 07 Jan 2017, 09:51

06 Feb 2017, 16:28 #9

I am pleased that he has decided to step down, and hopefully, can now concentrate on his batting. As a batsman alone he has many qualities which England need. He was never a "natural" as a captain; the task never seemed to come easily and his tactical decisions often appeared cautious. He seemed to be too diffident in the way that he marshalled his resources; particularly in the field. However, he appeared to enjoy the support and respect those who played under his captaincy. In what is often referred to as his "ambassadorial role" he seemed to me to be pretty-well faultless. He was not the worst of England captains, but he was not the best either. He always appeared to me to be a thoroughly decent human-being. At the end of the day that is the highest accolade.
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Joined: 14 Aug 2007, 12:51

06 Feb 2017, 17:27 #10

I go along with what you say, Brickyard, completely.
Root seems to be the likeliest successor. He will do well to earn the same level of personal respect as Cook; though I hope he brings a little more speed and flexibility of thought to his on-field decisions.
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