England will have a new Test captain when the Ashes cricket affair comes along next summer, as long-time skipper Alastair Cook has vacated the role he occupied for five years.

During his Test career, he was the Poms leading Test scorer with over 11,000 runs and when he ascended to the captaincy in August of 2012, he was at the helm when England won on their home oval in 2013 and 2015 and he also led the team to victories in South Africa and India.

Cook was England’s captain for 59 Ashes matches, more than any other to ever hold the job was. He expressed sadness over his departure, but felt that it was the right thing to do with regard to the team’s fortunes.

Cook is just 32 and it would seem that he has some cricket left in him, but he may have felt that it is better to leave on a high note as opposed to lingering and being held responsible for any drop-off in personal and team performance.

Other high water marks held by Cook are the records for one-day internationals, of which he has 69 spanning 2010 – 2014, making him England’s most capped. He also has scored more Test centuries than any other previous captain.