England expected to take Root as Test captain
Cook steps down with hopes of rejoining ranks
Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain and while confirmation of his successor will not be known for a few weeks yet, it is long odds-on that it will be Joe Root.
Yorkshire’s Root is 6-4 with Ladbrokes to eclipse Cook’s Three Lions five-day records of most caps and most centuries as skipper.
Root, chasing respective totals of 59 and 12, is 6-4 with Betway to become the country’s captain in all three formats over time and 7-2 to reach three figures with the bat in his first Test at the helm. England next play a Test against South Africa in July.
Cook has said he wants to carry on in the team as a batsman and he is 3-1 with Betway to break Sachin Tendulkar’s Test runs record of 15,921 (he has 11,057) and 11-2 to hit a ton in his first Test back in the ranks.
Cook is 6-1 with Ladbrokes to have played his last Test and 10-1 with Betway to retire from all forms of the game this year.
Back Kagiso Rabada to be top South Africa wicket-taker in their fourth ODI with Sri Lanka in Cape Town, which is live on Sky Sports 2 at 11.30am on Tuesday.
The Proteas have won the five-game series but are chasing top spot in the rankings and Rabada took ten wickets in last month’s Newlands Test.
K Rabada top South Africa wicket-taker
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