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Next England captain odds – Joe Root nailed-on to replace Cook

File photo dated 08-06-2016 of England's Joe Root (left) with Captain Alistair Cook

Joe Root is home and hosed to become the next England captain according to the bookmakers

Joe Root was the first name that came to everyone’s lips when the news of Alastair Cook’s resignation filtered through and it’s little surprise to see the former as red-hot favourite to become the next England cricket captain.

Paddy Power are among those firms who offer 1/50 that Root becomes the next man at the helm, with Root looking ready to take the captaincy after several years in the England team and he’s quickly become one of the senior players within the squad.

Root is also one of the few players who is guaranteed a place in any England team, with his batting performances continuing to impress the cricket world and it would make every sense to hire a player who has the maturity and the popularity with players to be a positive pick.

Stuart Broad is a 16/1 chance and could well be appointed vice-captain, a role that Root currently holds and it’s clear that Broad and Root would make a good team when it comes to decision-making in the field and beyond. Broad is another ready-made pick who has plenty of mental resolve.

Ian Bell is a 20/1 poke, with Ben Stokes a 25/1 chance although Stokes is a bit raw to be next England captain and could potentially be the replacement for Root much further down the line.

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