Alastair Cook discusses Kevin Pietersen's England dismissal

"I do think it's the right time for me".

He was appointed captain in 2012 after Andrew Strauss's retirement and has since led the team to Ashes victories at home in 2013 and 2015, as well as series wins in India and South Africa.

Cook informed European Central Bank chairman Colin Graves and his team-mates of his decision to resign in a round of phone calls on Sunday evening, and Strauss has confirmed the intention is that a new leader will be known before England leave for their short one-day worldwide tour of West Indies in two weeks' time.

Joe Root remains the favourite to become the next captain and Cook offered some advice for his successor: "Make sure you don't always do it your way".

Alastair Cook has said he had to step aside as England captain because he could no longer give his all to the role. I don't think we have quite found it.

Swann fears that speculation about the captaincy has already started to affect Root's batting and instead believes his ex-Nottinghamshire colleague Broad should be the man to replace Cook.

Certainly not. His winning percentage of just 40.67 is the fourth worst of the six men to have led England in over 40 Test matches.

He was also accused of using derogatory language to describe Strauss, who was England captain at the time prior to becoming director of cricket. They made a decision to back their captain who was younger and more central to their plans going forward.

"Why would he want to be captain of the Tests, but then when it comes to One Day [matches] not be captain with a lot of the same players?" The decision was made after consulting with the chairman of the European Central Bank and Colin Graves.

England's next assignment in the Test arena isn't until July, when they host South Africa for four matches and the West Indies for three, before the 2017-18 Ashes series gets underway in Australia in November. He's been a fantastic England captain.

Speaking on Monday's Drivetime show, Goughie said: "I think he's been a good captain".

Cook oversaw a historic series win in South Africa in 2015-16 and past year England came within one win against Pakistan of topping the ICC Test rankings.

Ever since an interview before the winter Tests, in which Cook said that he was looking forward to playing without the armband, the future of his captaincy has been inescapable.

Botham wrote in the Mirror: "Cooky is the one player who has any realistic chance of challenging Sachin Tendulkar's run-scoring feats and I wouldn't put it past him to set a global standard for others to chase".

  • Anthony Vega