Wednesday, August 29, 2012


England test captain Andrew Strauss has retired from all professional cricket - with Alastair Cook replacing him as England's Test captain.

It comes in the aftermath of the Kevin Pietersen text storm that has rocked the England camp.

Strauss skippered his country in 50 of his 100 Tests and is handing over to one-day captain Alastair Cook.  

In a statement, Thirty five years old Strauss explained: 'After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain and announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.

'It has clearly been a tough decision to make, but I believe that it is both in the best interests of the England cricket team and myself to step down at this stage.'

'I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket's greatest moments have occurred. I have loved every minute of it.'

In a press conference at Lord's, Strauss said that the 'driving force' behind his decision has been his poor form with the bat, while he also revealed that he had been considering quitting for 'six to 12 months'.

Strauss has just returned from a family holiday in Spain in the aftermath of England’s Test defeat by South Africa and he has decided the time is right to end his career after 100 Tests.

The opening batsman was due to play for Middlesex at Worcester on Tuesday but pulled out late on Monday night and spent the day in meetings at Lord’s.

That gave rise to suggestions that he was discussing the best way forward in the Pietersen affair but it emerged that Strauss’s own future was on the agenda.

Strauss scored 7,037 Test runs at an average of 40.91, leaving him ninth in England's all-time run-scorers list.

During his time in charge, England became the world's best Test team for the first time.

Twenty seven years old Cook will take charge of his country for the first time in the four-Test series against India in November. 

He said: "I'm very excited by this new challenge. It is a huge honour to be appointed Test captain and I am very much looking forward to captaining the side in India this winter and beyond."

Strauss was England's third-most experienced captain and the second-most successful behind Michael Vaughan, with a record of 24 wins from his 50 matches at the helm.

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