Thursday 5 May 2011 

Cricket Betting: England 4/7 To Retain Ashes

Cricket Betting: England 4/7 To Retain Ashes
Cricket Betting: England 4/7 To Retain Ashes
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Alastair Cook has been appointed the new captain of the England one-day side following the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

Speculation has been rife over Strauss’ future since the disappointing World Cup campaign. England were beaten by the likes of Ireland and Bangladesh before scraping through to the knockout stages of the tournament, where they were dispatched by Sri Lanka by 10 wickets.

The 34-year-old will now focus on his role as Test captain of England, who are 4/7 with to win the 2013 Ashes series.

Cook was delighted to step up to his new role but paid tribute to his predecessor.

He said: "Andrew Strauss has led the one-day team to continued success over the past two years and I'll be looking to continue that progress as captain.

"I'm excited by the challenge of taking our 50-over cricket to new heights and I believe I can play an integral role with the bat as well as captain."

Meanwhile, Stuart Broad has been named as captain of the Twenty20 side, replacing Paul Collingwood.