Cook steps down – Root 1/3 to skipper England to Ashes glory

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Alistair Cook has called time on his record-breaking England Test captaincy, and successor-in-waiting Joe Root is odds-on to win an Ashes as skipper.

The bookies make the Yorkshire star just 1/3 to land the urn at any point as skipper, with Evens the price available he guides England to the top of the Test Rankings.

Meanwhile, it’s 6/4 he’s in charge for longer than Cook – 59 Tests – with the same price offered that Root break’s the Essex hitter’s centuries record for England.

And Cook is fancied to remain in the thick of the action, with 7/4 saying the former skipper is still in the Test side until 2019.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “When it comes to Cook’s replacement being Root all bets are off.

“Looking ahead to England under the new skipper, the betting suggests he’ll enjoy plenty of success including at least one Ashes series.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Root to win the Ashes as England captain at any point –  1/3

Root to guide England to the top of the Test rankings –  evens

Root to be captain for longer than Cook –  6/4

Root to break Cook’s record of centuries as captain – 6/4

Year of Cook’s retirement from Tests –

2016 –  6/1

2017 – 3/1

2018 – 2/1

2019 – 7/4

2020 and beyond – 6/4

Cook to break Tendulkar’s record of Test runs –  2/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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