17 Oct Andrew Strauss’ best England moments
Andrew Strauss’ location in history has been assured until he became the man to lead house and away to England to Ashes series victories.
To indicate news he is to be given a knighthood, we have a look at 10 defining moments in his profession…
112 and 83 on debut against New Zealand, Lord’s, 2004
After Strauss’ Test debut crops up in the comment box, you can bet it is due to his innings dismissal – operate by out-going skipper Nasser Hussain – compared to his usual maiden century in his first Test knock for his country. The newest kid on the block was here to remain.
147 v South Africa, Johannesburg
New from powering past 1000 Test runs, Strauss’ third hundred of the show — along with also his fifth ton in his 11th Test — came from the fourth game to put the platform for a memorable victory, even if it did need a Matthew Hoggard (7-61) masterclass to finish the job and earn a 2-1 lead.
Catching Adam Gilchrist, Trent Bridge, 2005
Following a slow start to the Ashes, Strauss stepped it up in the next Test at Old Trafford to score a precious 106 however his iconic second of this series came from the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, where he flung himself into his left slip and hung in the air for a lifetime to pluck an edge provided by Adam Gilchrist off Andrew Flintoff.
129 v 2005, Australia, the Oval
Kevin Pietersen’s 158 took the headlines as the Ashes were obtained but it was Strauss that shored England up from the first innings — his stoic first-day century resisting Australia’s efforts to power out of their cubes in search of the success they needed to square the set.
177 v New Zealand, Napier, 2005
Strauss returned for the 2008 excursion of New Zealand after being chased for England’s 2007 tour of Sri Lanka; his career-best 177 at the Test cemented his place in the side and put him right back. His party on reaching three characters stated it all…
100s in innings v 2008, India, Chennai
There was to be no altering Strauss from both sides or the crease from India, as he became the 10th Englishman to produce a hundred in each innings of the same Test (bad luck, Nasser), following up his first innings 123 with 108.
161 2009, v Australia, Lord’s
Things could only get better after England were bowled out by West Indies for 51 in Strauss’ first Test because permanent captain and they did, together with England regaining the Ashes beneath his direction from 2009; his first-day 161 paved the way for England’s first Ashes win in the house of Cricket as 1934.
110 v 2010, Australia, Brisbane
Records continued to fall under Strauss’ captaincy because England stopped 24 years of aggravation by beating Australia in their own turf for the first time as 1986/87. His very first in Australia — and overall — aided blunt Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook and the attack also satisfying his boots, to transparency the hosts’ victory hopes.
England No 1 in the World
Strauss led England to spot in the Test rankings in fashion as India suffered a whitewash, the culmination of the preparation together with Andy Flower. His own successor-in-waiting rather overshadowed, however, his third Test 87 – Alastair Cook plundering 294.
141 v West Indies, Nottingham, 2012
Strauss’ summer in Test cricket yielded two hundreds in each paving the way for a seventh successive home victory. It was a knock that epitomised the manner of his career that would close after his 100th Test.
Andrew Strauss: 100 Tests, 178 innings, six not outs Maximum 177, Average 40.91