August 29, 2012
England captain Andrew Strauss has retired from professional cricket after a news conference held at Lord’s today.
Strauss played in 100 Test matches and captained the side in 50 of these games. He made his debut at Lord’s against South Africa and also played his last Test match at Lord’s against the same opposition.
Speaking of his decision to step down Strauss said ‘”It hasn’t been something that occurred overnight, it has built over a few months. I would like to go out on my own terms with my head held high – and I think this is the right time.”
The left-hander denied that his decision to retire was anything to do with the recent problems between himself and Kevin Pietersen.
Hugh Morris at the ECB also announced that Alastair Cook will take charge of the Test match team on top of his job as skipper of the 50 over side. The 27 year-olds first series in charge will come in India in November when England play 4 Test matches in what will be difficult conditions for the visitors.
In 100 Test’s, Strauss scored 7037 runs at an average of 40.91 including 21 centuries. What he will probably be most remembered for was captaining back to back Ashes victories as well as taking England to the number one ranked side in the world in that format. Strauss also featured in 127 ODI’s scoring 4205 runs at an average of 35.63.
Strauss started his professional career at Middlesex where he made his way up to International cricket. His retirement comes as a loss to the county who were hoping to secure his services for the remainder of this season in the county’s bid to avoid relegation from division 1 of the County Championship.
He will be missed by players and fans alike and on exit from the press room at Lord’s he was given a loud round of applause.
The Scoop 29/08/12