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Craig Porter 8th Jan 2009 - 17:29

Strauss waltzes into England captaincy

Andrew Strauss has been appointed as England Test cricket captain following the resignation of Kevin Pietersen.

The Middlesex batsman will lead the England side for the Test series in the West Indies in February and is expected to remain in the role for the Ashes series against Australia in the summer - he's the 1/6 favourite in the betting for the England captain for the first Test.

So that's one South African-born England captain being replaced by another South African-born England captain. Is it the right decision? Let us know by leaving your comments.

The role of England coach, vacated by Peter Moores, is still up for grabs with Andy Flower the odds on favourite in the next permanent England coach market. You can take 33/1 on Duncan Fletcher making a return to help us regain the Ashes he won in 2005.

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Strauss assured the media that his relationship with Pietersen is a strong one and that he has the support of his predecessor - but where's the fun in that? We've got a couple of special markets to spice up the competition in the first Test in the West Indies which starts on 4 February.

Kevin Pietersen is 3/1 to score a century in the first innings in Jamaica while it's 7/2 that Strauss will be a centurion.

KP is favoured in the head-to-head betting with odds of 8/11 that he scores more runs in the first innings than Strauss, who is at even money.

Strauss v Pietersen specials

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