Being England captain is a ‘tiring’ job, admits Alastair Cook

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“You get tested every single day”

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted that he finds his job extremely “tiring”, despite having recorded numerous accomplishments since taking over from Andrew Strauss.

Cook took over the captaincy after Strauss retired in August 2012, following England’s 2-0 loss to South Africa, which also led to the Proteas leapfrogging them in the rankings and becoming the new number one Test team.

Since then, Cook has become the first England captain in 28 years to lead the national team to victory in a Test series in India, but his crowning achievement came just two months back when his side dominated arch-rivals Australia and registered a convincing 3-0 win in the Ashes.

“You do find it more tiring,” Cook told The Daily Telegraph. “You get tested every single day and you don’t quite know where you’ll be tested from. Eventually that does wear at you. It’s how you manage that, and how you try to put in place things that can help you.”

The 28-year-old also admitted that it was “quite hard to follow in his footsteps” of his predecessor.

“The guys who have got to know me would say that I tend to be pretty caring,” Cook added. “I am certainly not a shouter, not a screamer.

“As a captain, Straussy was an outstanding bloke, and it’s been quite hard to follow in his footsteps because of how respected he was. But I’d say we’re slightly different in the way we handle the dressing room, perhaps because I’m slightly younger.”

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