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Cook still favourite to lead England for Ashes

| 23.07.2014

Alastair Cook is the evens favourite with Coral to captain England in the First Test against Australia in the Ashes next summer, while the current skipper is even shorter at 1-3 to play in that opening match at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff.

“We still think Cook will lead the side for the visit of the Aussies next year and that is reflected in the betting. The market is likely to change though if England go on to lose this series against India,” said Coral’s John Hill

**Who will captain England against Australia in the First Test

Evs Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, Joe Root, 6 Eoin Morgan, Stuart Broad, 10 Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Gale, Moeen Ali, 25 Gary Ballance, Sam Robson, 50 Daryl Mitchell, Kevin Pietersen.

**Who will play in the First Test in 2015

1-3 Alastair Cook, Joe Root, 1-2 Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, 4-7 Gary Balance, 8-11 Ben Stokes, 4-5 Sam Robson, 5-6 Moeen Ali, 5-4 Jos Buttler, 6-4 Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Steven Finn, 7-4 Simon Kerrigan, 5-2 Tim Bresnan.

**Next permanent Test captain

6-4 Ian Bell, 2 Joe Root, 6 Stuart Broad, Eion Morgan, 10 Jimmy Anderson, 20 Moeen Ali, Andrew Gale, 25 Sam Robson, Gary Balance, 50 Daryl Mitchell, Kevin Pietersen

**Kevin Pietersen to play for England again in any format


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John Hill

John is the newest member of the PR team having joined in April 2014. In his previous role he worked as a broadcaster where he could be heard building up to the action in horse racing, greyhounds and a range of sports.
As a PR manager he will be responsible for Coral's news website providing the latest market movers, as well as various other media relations, including Box Nation and RPGTV.
John is a proud Rochdale fan having been born in the town which has produced the likes of Gracie Fields and Lisa Stansfield.