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Cook: 'Less than 100% not enough for England'

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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Essex's Cook named captain in ICC Team of the Year

Alastair Cook. Credit: PA

Essex batsman Alastair Cook has been named captain of the International Cricket Council's Test Team of the Year.

The 31-year-old, who is under pressure after his England side lost their recent series in India 4-0, is one of four Englishman picked with Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow also selected.

The team was put together by Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara, with voting closing in September - a couple of months before England's heavy defeats in Asia.

England have since slipped to 5th in the world rankings and lost eight test matches in the calendar year.

  • ICC Test Team of the Year 2016

David Warner (Australia), Alastair Cook (England) (captain), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Joe Root (England), Adam Voges (Australia), Jonny Bairstow (England) (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes (England), R. Ashwin (India), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa)

Essex sign New Zealand test bowler Wagner

Neil Wagner will spend half of next season with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner for the first half of next season.

The 30-year-old will be eligible to play in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and County Championship and will join up with his new teammates in pre-season.

Wagner impressed for Lancashire in Division One last season, taking 32 wickets in his nine games, and has also played 27 tests for his country.

Wagner will be replaced by Pakistan's Mohammad Amir for the second half of the campaign.

Neil will bring vast experience at the highest level to the Club, as well as a skill set that will be valuable in the opening months of the season.

He performed excellently for Lancashire last year and is also useful with the bat lower down the order. Hopefully he can help us hit the ground running in 2017.

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach
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