SPOTY: Alastair Cook’s odds of winning award slashed from 50/1 to 10/1 after record-breaking farewell

ALASTAIR COOK odds of being named Sports Personality of the Year have tumbled from 50/1 to 10/1 after a record-breaking farewell to international cricket.

England’s highest run scorer also became the fifth highest Test run scorer of all-time in an emotional win over India.

Alastair Cook ended his Test batting career with a brilliant 147 against India at The Oval
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Punters have piled in on the 33-year-old to scoop the award as his odds have drastically shortened.

He finishes his England career with a mammoth 12472 runs to his name at an average of 45.35.

His highest score came against India in 2011, where he struck 294 at Edgbaston.

If Cook wins, it would be a similar to when Ryan Giggs claimed the award in 2009.

Betfair: SPOTY odds

Geraint Thomas 6/4

Harry Kane 2/1

Dina Asher-Smith 7/1

Alastair Cook 10/1

Lewis Hamilton 20/1

Anthony Joshua 25/1

Lizzy Yarnold 33/1

Tyson Fury 33/1

Mark Williams 33/1

Jordan Pickford 33/1

Jonathan Rea 40/1

Adam Peaty 50/1

Rory McIlroy 50/1

Justin Rose 50/1

Kathryn Thomson 50/1

Harry Maguire 50/1

Laura Kenny 50/1

James Anderson 66/1

Tommy Fleetwood 66/1

Rob Cross 66/1

Kyle Edmund 100/1

Chris Froome 100/1

Andy Murray 150/1

Jordan Henderson 200/1

Alastair Cook walked the England team off the field in his final appearance for his country
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The Manchester United legend swooped the prize as a lifetime achievement, following his commitment to football which saw him break records and reach incredible milestones.

But Cook trails Olympian Dina Asher-Smith, England skipper Harry Kane and Tour De France winner Geraint Thomas.

Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “Heading into the last test against India, Alistair Cook was 50/1 for SPOTY, but after his heroic last knock, we saw a flood of bets on The Chef and he’s been backed in to 10/1, behind Geraint Thomas who is the 6/4 favourite, Harry Kane at 2/1 and Dina Asher-Smith who is 7/1.”

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