Outgoing England cricket captain Alastair Cook said he wouldn't be doing the team or their fans justice if he continued in the role.
The Essex star resigned from the role yesterday (Monday February 6) after a record 59 tests since 2012.
Speaking at Lord's for the first time after his decision, Cook said the job needed 100% total commitment, but felt he'd given as much as he could to the captaincy.
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Alastair Cook is confident he has the full support of the new-look England set-up, having questioned his position as captain after the Ashes.
The Essex star said: "I was asked about (my future) after Sydney and after a long, gruelling winter, I gave it consideration," he said. "I think it would be wrong if I didn't.
"If you don't question your position as leader then, you never will."
"The ECB, since Paul Downton's come in, they've backed me and we've got to justify that confidence"
He said: "It was nice that the guys I spoke to, other members of the side, were very supportive and that's good to hear. I spoke to Stuart Broad and others and they said 'no, you must carry on'."
It's been a remarkable week for British sport with victory for the Lions and Andy Murray while the Tour de France yellow jersey is still firmly on the back of Brit Chris Froome.
Wednesday sees the start of cricket's Ashes series. Trent Bridge hosts the first of 10 consecutive test matches against Australia in what skipper Alastair Cook hopes will be a year to remember.
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The achievements of Essex and England cricketer Alastair Cook will be celebrated today when he collects an honorary degree from the University of Essex. The former Bedford Schoolboy made his county debut ten years ago. He's gone on to score more test centuries than any other Englishman.
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