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Alastair Cook has admitted that England’s stagnation was one of the factors that led to him stepping down as Test captain on Monday.
Cook was in charge for 59 Tests, the most by an England captain in history, and took nearly six weeks to announce his resignation after his side were thrashed 4-0 in their recent five-Test tour of India.
However, Cook admitted that once the series was over, he knew deep down that his time at the helm had come to an end.
Prior to being pummelled by India, England drew 2-2 with Pakistan at home before being held to a shocking 1-1 draw when they toured Bangladesh in October.
“We’ve kind of stagnated if we are being brutally honest,” Cook told Sky Sports. “There is a lot of work to be done and I felt I just didn’t have that energy to do it.
“That’s part of the parcel of being captain, you are responsible. The dressing-room has been fantastic; the support of the players has been brilliant. It’s just, I think, that hearing a new voice could help.”
While Cook did enjoy a lot of success during his time as captain, which included two victories over Australia in the Ashes and Test series wins in India and South Africa, the 32-year-old conceded that the spark he once had began to fizzle out.
“I felt, unfortunately, that I was done,” the Gloucester native added. “It was sad – it’s a job you need 100 per cent commitment to. But looking in the mirror at the end of India, I felt I couldn’t do that. It might have been 95 per cent, but that’s not good enough.
“It’s not a job you hang on to like that … I just felt the team just needed a push in a different direction.”