"Thanks Skip"

Former players and teammates pay their tribute to one of England's finest skippers, Alastair Cook.

Alastair Cook captained England in 59 Tests.   -  Reuters

Reaction to Alastair Cook's decision to step down as England Test captain on Monday:

Cook's county Essex:

Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard on BBC Radio 5 Live:-

"He will be remembered as the most successful captain and not only as a great leader, but also as a genuinely nice bloke. Everybody who has played with him and under him won't have a bad word against him."

Former England captain Nasser Hussain, speaking on Sky Sports News:-

"As England captain you're more than just a leader. You're also an ambassador for your country and I don't think anyone can doubt what a great and fantastic ambassador for the game and the country Alastair Cook has been. He's been a very dignified captain of England."

Cook's mentor Graham Gooch, another former England skipper, on BBC Radio 5 Live:-

"This type of sportsman only comes once in a generation, maybe less. He's a great man and he's still got great things to do for his country. My one abiding memory of Alastair Cook batting was when I took a photo of the scoreboard in 2010 when Alastair Cook was 235 not out (against Australia in Brisbane). That's what he brings to the England team and I hope he continues that."

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