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Alastair Cook became an Ashes winning captain at the first attempt

Test Captaincy

Busting the captaincy myth

Do players really lose form under the added responsibility?

A general view of the field during the Napier ODI

Set the fielders free

Artificial constraints, such as fielding restrictions, make ODIs and T20s feel contrived. The duration of the contest ought to be the only limitation

Mike Tyson punches Evander Holyfield

Should Cook think of quitting now?

Modern captains get only fleeting moments when they can leave the game on their own terms before the pressure is back again

Polly Umrigar, Datta Gaekwad, Denis Compton and Vijay Manjrekar

A captain a minute

Or that's what it felt like in India at the tail end of the 1950s

Wahab Riaz tries to get on Shane Watson's nerves

Did Pakistan fail?

Given the circumstances, they did the opposite in the World Cup, bringing fervour back to their fan base