A symphony for Strauss: The best moments from Andrew's tenure as England captain
14:56 GMT, 29 August 2012
The news that England captain Andrew Strauss has stepped down from all forms of professional cricket has shocked the game.
But as the national side look forward to a new era under Alistair Cook, it is only right to look back at some of his predecessor's finest moments as skipper.
2009 – Strauss century ignites England's Ashes summer
England had clung on for a draw at Cardiff in the first
test and desperately needed something special at Lord’s to kick-start their
Strauss, having won the toss, produced an exceptional
innings of 161 to take the game to Australia. England would go on to win the
second test by 115 runs and, of course, the series.
2009 – Sporting Strauss reprieves Mathews after controversial run-out
In an exceptional display of sportsmanship, Strauss made
the decision to reprieve Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews after Graham Onions had
blocked his attempt at a second run, allowing Graeme Swann to run him out.
the umpires unsure what to do, Mathews was almost back to the pavilion before
Strauss beckoned him back. England went on to win the match by six wickets.
2009 – Strauss leads England fightback in Guyana
After losing the Caribbean Test series 1-0, England had
won the first one-day international on Duckworth-Lewis after the West Indies
coach miscalculated and called his batsmen in for bad light.
Determined to make
amends, the hosts posted 264 in the second ODI in Guyana.
Strauss led from the
front, hitting 105 off 129 balls and almost seeing through the whole innings as
wickets tumbled around him. It was ultimately in a losing cause though as
England were all out for 243.
2010 – Sparkling Strauss guides England to Headingley victory
In a tour that will be forever remembered for the
Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, England sought to complete a hat-trick of series
triumphs by adding the ODI competition to their Test and Twenty20 wins.
was at his sparkling best in the second ODI at Headingley, hitting 126 from 134
balls to steer England to victory after Pakistan had set a challenging target
2010 – Strauss makes amends with brilliant Brisbane century
Out for a duck in the first innings at Brisbane and in
desperate need for a response after Australia posted a 221-run lead, Strauss
and Cook put on an excellent 188 run opening partnership to haul England back
Strauss made 110 and Cook 235, easing England into the test
and the series, which they would eventually win 3-1.
2011 – Captain's Innings from Strauss earns unlikely draw
A classic pool match at the World Cup as Strauss guided England
to an improbable draw in front of a partisan Bangalore crowd. India had hit
338, with the masterful Tendulkar contributing 120. But skipper Strauss topped
that, scoring 158 to get an unlikely share of the spoils.
P.S. A lighter moment as Strauss breaks his own sunglasses against South Africa