Alastair Cook recently became the first England batsman to score 10,000 runs in Tests    Getty Images
Alastair Cook recently became the first England batsman to score 10,000 runs in Tests Getty Images

Alastair Cook has revealed that he has come very close to resigning as England captain several times. Cook took over the reins from Andrew Strauss in 2012 and has had a lot of success since taking over. Strauss was recently appointed the Director of England Cricket. But there were many tough times Cook has had to face since taking over as captain. One such instance was the 5-0 thrashing Australia handed out to England in Ashes 2013-14. Cook recently became the first England player to cross 10,000 runs in Tests. He was sacked as the limited-overs captain ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 and has not played limited-overs cricket for England since. Full Cricket Scorecard: England vs Pakistan, 1st Test at Lord’s

“I’ve lived on the edge for quite a number of years as captain in terms of wanting to jack it in and questions about the job,” Cook told The Sun. “There were times when I thought I’d go, for sure.”I spoke to my wife, Alice, about packing it in. I’d rather not say exactly when but I’ve got them written down.” READ: Alastair Cook warns Mohammad Aamer ahead of England-Pakistan 2016 series

Most recently Cook was contemplating quitting after the Ashes 2015. But then he changed his mind after England won the opening two Tests en route winning the series 3-2 and regaining the Urn.

“I don’t like talking about it because you end up doubting yourself. But, yes, I was very close to going at the end of the Ashes last year. “But we won two Tests in 10 days at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge and I woke up the next day and thought, ‘This side has so much potential and I still want to be part of it’,” the England captain said. READ: Anderson to miss PAK vs ENG, 1st Test at Lord’s in 2016

Cook also revealed that he would like to lead England to a win in the Ashes 2017-18, but knows that things could change by then. “If I feel the team is getting a bit stale, bored with me and the next generation is pushing on, then it will be time to go,” he said.