Alastair Cook says he and his team-mates will be looking to put England back on top of world cricket after being confirmed as Andrew Strauss’ replacement as Test captain (England 8/13, Australia 11/4, draw 9/2 – Ashes series betting with bet365).
Strauss announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Wednesday after a remarkable time in charge of the national team.
The 35-year-old guided England to back-to-back Ashes series wins, including a first win in Australia in 25 years.
Strauss then lead from the front as England whitewashed India to move to the top of the Test rankings last summer.
However, after a run of six defeats in 12 Test matches, coupled with a drop in his own performance levels, Strauss has decided to call time on a highly successful international career.
The ECB moved quickly to name Strauss’ successor and have revealed one-day captain Cook will take over as Test skipper as well.
Cook’s first assignment as Test captain will be a tour of India in November, followed by an Ashes series next summer.
Cook admits Strauss has left some big boots to fill but is excited at the challenges that await him.
“I’m incredibly proud to be sitting here now as captain of England. It’s a huge honour. I’m very excited about the challenge,” said Cook at a press conference at Lord’s.
“I’ve got huge boots to fill, following Straussy who has done an incredible job.
“I’m really excited about the challenge ahead, we’ve got India away and two Ashes series in the next 18 months. There is a lot of cricket to play and hopefully I can do a good job.”
Before Cook can turn his attention to the tour of India he must first try and rescue the ongoing one-day series with South Africa.
After losing the second match in the series on Tuesday, England are 6/5 to win the upcoming game with bet365, with the Proteas 4/6.