Cook 12/1 for Test Runs Record

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 6 2012, 12:38 GMT

Alastair Cook scored a 23rd Test century on Thursday - and now the bookies are pricing up him achieving some other record-breaking feats.

Alastair Cook: Another Test century
Alastair Cook: Another Test century

Cook's unbeaten 136 in the third Test in Kolkata takes him clear of all other Englishman in the Test centuries tally.

If you are prepared to make a long-term investment, the Essex opener is now 10/1 with Ladbrokes to surpass Sachin Tendulkar's total of 51 Test centuries, although Sky Bet offer the same price about him reaching the 50 mark.

Tendulkar also holds the record for most Test runs with 15,638 and Cook is 12/1 with Sky Bet to claim that mark. The 27-year-old, who currently sits on 7,045, is just 8s with Ladbrokes.

As far as the third Test itself is concerned, England finished day two no better than 8/11 with bet365 for victory after dominating the day's play.

Thanks largely to Cook, they closed on 216 for one in their first innings - trailing their hosts by exactly 100.

The tourists were odds-on across the board by tea and hardened as the evening session progressed.

India, who started the match around the 5/4 mark, were moved out to 11/1 (sportingbet) to claim a win, with the draw offered at 7/4 (William Hill, Ladbrokes, sportingbet).

With wickets in hand, England have potential to build a big lead on Friday and the layers expect them to do so.

Paddy Power draw their first-innings total line at 536.5, although Stan James are more cautious at 517.5. It's 5/6 either side of those marks.

Meanwhile, Hill's offer 6/5 about Cook going on to score a double-century. He is 8/13 to miss out on that mark.

Sky Bet already have Cook up at 4/1 to score a ton in the first innings of the fourth and final Test.

They are fearing the worst having taken plenty at 16/1 about Cook scoring back-to-back centuries in Kolkata and Nagpur.