10 Reasons Alastair Cook Should Resign as England Captain

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10 Reasons Alastair Cook Should Resign as England Captain
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Alastair Cook's England slumped to a demoralising defeat to Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday as a Test that went down to the wire was decided on the penultimate delivery of the match. 

Needing to face out just two deliveries to secure a draw, James Anderson ballooned a short-pitched effort off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga into the waiting hands of Rangana Herath to see the visitors claim their first-ever Test series victory on English soil.

Yet, despite the nail-biting finish in Leeds and the historic achievement for Angelo Mathews' men, the Test was more notable—at least for those partial to England—for the mounting pressure on Cook, with the captain's tactical approach during Sri Lanka's second innings drawing intense criticism from the game's observers.

Disappointingly, Cook's showing in the field on Day 4 at Headingley was the latest in a series of perplexing exhibitions of captaincy, increasing the speculation that the England skipper should step down.

With momentum growing for his resignation, we examine 10 reasons why Cook should opt to relinquish his position at the helm of England.

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