Andrew Strauss quits cricket

2012-08-29 12:57

London - Andrew Strauss resigned as England's Test captain and announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday.

Video: Andrew Strauss announces his retirement

"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," Strauss said in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement issued ahead of a news conference at Lord's.

"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," the 35-year-old, who played exactly 100 Tests, added.

"The driver to all this is I haven't batted well enough for a long time. I wasn't going to improve batting-wise, I've run my race," Strauss later told the news conference.

"It's one of these decisions when you know when your time is up."

"It is important for a captain to not be a passenger and that people are not speculating whether you should be in the side."

Alastair Cook, already England's one-day captain and Strauss's opening partner in the five-day game, was announced as the new skipper of the Test team.

Strauss insisted his retirement had nothing to do with the ongoing England exile of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.

England dropped Pietersen, who hasn't played international cricket in any format since making 149 in the drawn second Test at Headingley, after he admitted sending "provocative" texts to South African players.

Some of these were alleged to have been critical of Strauss, who succeeded South Africa-born and raised Pietersen as England captain in 2009.

Strauss said he'd spoken to England coach Andy Flower about retiring "before the Kevin Pietersen situation reared its head".

His last Test was a 51-run defeat by South Africa at Lord's, his Middlesex home ground where he made his Test debut in 2004, earlier this month that saw England surrender their number one Test ranking to the Proteas.

Strauss scored 21 hundreds -- one shy of England's all-time record -- and led England to the top of the world Test rankings, a run that included home and away Ashes wins in 2009 and 2010/11.

Cook's first Test as captain will be the first of a four-match series in India in November.

The 27-year-old paid tribute to Strauss by saying: "Andrew's contribution to England cricket in recent years is evident to everyone who follows the sport but only those of us who have been lucky enough to share a dressing room with him are fully aware of his immense contribution to our success.

"He has been a fantastic captain, has led from the front for three-and-a-half years and is a true ambassador for the game.

"I know this can't have been an easy decision for him and everyone in the dressing room will be sad to see him go.

"I'm very excited by this new challenge, it is a huge honour to be appointed Test captain."

ECB chief executive David Collier said: "On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket I'd like to thank Andrew Strauss for his outstanding contribution to the game.

"Andrew's calmness and authority when dealing with some of the most difficult moments in our sport in recent times should be applauded and I have no doubt that his contribution as an ambassador for the game will be recognised by anyone who has had an opportunity to spend time with him."

Strauss has enjoyed modest returns with the bat in recent years and his 122 against the West Indies in May was his first Test century since November 2010.

He followed up with another century, at Trent Bridge, but averaged just 17.83 in six innings against the South Africans.

England's form in 2012 has been poor, with six defeats in 11 Tests culminating in a 2-0 series loss to South Africa, their first home reverse in four years.

Strauss was the third England skipper to be 'seen off' in as many tours of England by South Africa captain Graeme Smith after Nasser Hussain in 2003 and Michael Vaughan in 2008.


  • dean.mark.williams - 2012-08-29 13:00

    Graeme Smith 3 - England cricket captains - 0

      dean.mark.williams - 2012-08-29 13:14

      3 thumbs down... thanks Messers Hussain, Vaughn and Strauss

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-08-29 13:19


      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-08-29 13:19

      I am quite sure that News24 employs someone to just sit at a computer all day and give at least one thumbs down to 90% of the comments just to stir the pot...

      pieterduplessis - 2012-08-29 13:20

      Graeme is just helping the English with their planning. They know they will have a captain until the next SA tour to England and then will have to look for a new one just after it. Just imagine how the new captain will feel when he reads "SA in England 20??" Gotta love it........

      UNITY - 2012-08-29 13:23

      Be careful english commentators...Straus is coming for your spot!!

      leko.dada1 - 2012-08-29 13:28

      ja neh!

      rahil.khanna.520 - 2012-08-29 13:52

      Actually KP 1 Strauss 0

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-08-29 15:39

      actually 4 - 0, KP was also a skipper and was slayed this series too lol.

      john.jack.1612147 - 2012-08-29 20:19

      Maybe AB will get rid of Cook as well - 2012-08-29 22:27

      Graeme should also try this idea

  • johan.benade.1088 - 2012-08-29 13:03

    the south african pretenders cant handle the Proteas

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-08-29 13:05

    Bet KP is having a wry smile.....

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-29 13:06

    Smith does it again eish...

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-30 03:33

      Pity he's never done any silverware.

      piet.minnaar.7 - 2012-08-30 06:58

      blippie...being number ONE test side TWICE in his tenure is no silverware? Get a life boetie!

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-29 13:08

    We should send Graeme as a mascot when we play rugby in New Zealand!

      butter.nut.37 - 2012-08-29 13:10

      yes with his pants off.His SIZE may frighten the opposition!!

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-29 13:54


      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 16:16

      Greame the spear?

      justin.k.atkins - 2012-08-29 16:45

      H, ha, ha @butter.nut37, but nobody wants to see his googly ;-)

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 13:09

    Good riddance. Was is "getting too hot in the kitchen"? Well done to Graeme Smith. You certainly can sort out these "wannabe" cricket players

      garren.dare - 2012-08-29 17:52

      Not very nice guys! I thought rather highly of Strauss and albeit he's SA born he did not leave SA to go play UK cricket, he learned his trade there. And I am a die hard Protea fan for life

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-29 13:10

    ECB are a bunch of Tweets!!! I think this Strauss was pushed. He is being sacrificied so that they can bring back KP...... Its a shame. KP has a character problem which will continue to clash with anyone. Good Luck Strauss!!

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-29 13:31

      I doubt it. He may have been pushed, but seriously doubt that it would be to make way for Pieterson. The ECB are way too conservative to adopt an approach anything like that

  • scott.gilbert.7549 - 2012-08-29 13:14

    Grow a spine Strauss!!! Seems you were more Pom than South African after all.

      taariq.janodien - 2012-08-30 02:13

      He moved at the age of 6. You must have a very weak definition of South African.

  • matthew.keegan.71 - 2012-08-29 13:15

    I reckon the poor bloke was just tired of facing Morne Morkel

  • AyGeewils - 2012-08-29 13:15

    Ok so victory for SA - our thrashing of England brought this to a head - but it also means KP is coming back - whatever way they put it - England will be worse off and not recover for some time - at least not until KP is gone for good. English people are intrinsically very xenophobic - and the selectors should be very wary when picking ex SA players. Simply because - the better they are - the more they stand out as foreign and show up the local players - it will always cause friction.

      NigelJamesTurner - 2012-08-29 15:46

      English people very Xenophobic? Rubbish. On what do you base that?

      AyGeewils - 2012-08-29 16:00

      Simple I lived there for nearly 10 years ... go to any country in the world and the English stick to themselves .. The reason why ex SA's are in the England team is only because there are no better English players - not because they are partial to foreigners ... For this very reason there are moves to change the foreign born eligibility rules.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-29 16:26

      BS Aygee, go to any country and you will see the same with any race or creed in general, Germans hang with Germans, Chinese hang with Chinese, Aussies hang with Aussies, etc etc, even religions stick together, it's normal.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 17:18

      So Bob, what you are saying is that white Afrikaners in SA are perfectly right to protect their heritage and culture?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 18:00

      AyGeeWils, utter rubbish. England has always welcomed players who were born elsewhere but had legitimate rights to English citizenship and thus selection for the national team. However, under the Kolpak Ruling and EU law, they will need to tighten up to prevent their county teams from being flooded by immigrants looking to land a job using the Kolpak loophole. South Africa is the only country in the world that considers Andrew Strauss a South African. Everywhere else considers him English. His retirement had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he spent the first six years of his life in SA. If that had been a problem for England, they'd never have appointed him as captain in the first place.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-08-29 18:22

      Oh dear....poor Aygee didn't like my comment about her overstaying her UK student visa, so she deleted my comment. Tsk, tsk....bad day of the month.

      AyGeewils - 2012-08-29 18:28

      Nowhere in my comment did I refer to Strauss as a South African -

      AyGeewils - 2012-08-29 18:38

      Neither do I consider him to be anything but English - you simply misread my comment ..

      AyGeewils - 2012-08-29 18:52

      Gavin - Please repost it - I did nothing of the sort - I am - last time I looked - a male - and I left England as a Manager for a Multi-national company with full citizenship and only because I wanted to ...

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-30 08:31

      Azurite, thats not what I said, but yes of course the white Afrikaner has every right to protect their culture and heritage, they can lay great claim to the success of this country, they have been hugely instrumental in creating the wealth of SA.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-29 13:16


      mike.stafford.7509 - 2012-08-29 16:18

      Somebody goes "hahahaa" and he gets 21 thumbs up and only two thumbs down. What sort of people have we got commenting here?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-29 16:30

      read the childish comments and you might understand the level of intelligence on here, Strauss resigned because he has been underperforming with the bat for at least 3 seasons, if the SA supporters want to believe it was all down to the Proteas then go for it if it makes you feel better. Well done to SA for taking over the No1 spot in two forms of the game, you beat a very good side on their home turf, you deserve it.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 17:39

      In actual fact bob, Strauss has been under-performing his whole career. His career average in tests is 40 and that is pretty low for modern batters. His strike rate is below 50 and much less that than he could have achieved. He played 16 times against SA and averages 38, and that is comparable to our worst batters in the current SA team! He only had 2 good years, in 2004 when he averaged 60 and 2009 when he averaged 53. The remaining 7 years he averaged below 40. So he has been under-performing all his career.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 18:42

      Azurite: yet despite that, he and Alistair Cook are the most successful opening partnership ever for England, and the third most successful of all time behind Greenidge/Haynes (WI) and Hayden/Langer (Aus). He also features in the 11th best opening partnership in history with Marcus Trescothick. That's quite some record for a guy who underperformed his whole career.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 19:22

      richard, show me the stats. I'm not convinced. He was carried by his partners.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 20:20 That list was posted in 2010. Since then, Cook and Strauss climbed to third place. For a check of Strauss' record for England, check That list confirms that Strauss was one century short of the all-time England record of 22, and Cook was in turn one century short of Strauss. So nobody carried anybody, they were one of the most successful opening partnerships of all time.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-30 07:42

      Well, yes, i forgot the English get so easily worked up about a first wicket partnership that averages only 40. Compare that measly average with JB Hobbs, H Sutcliffe = 87, L Hutton, C Washbrook = 60, AJ Strauss, ME Trescothick = 52, MA Atherton, GA Gooch = 56. These were far more successful than Strauss and Cook. That those two were allowed to continue for so long is beyond comprehension. They were not the most successful, they just scored the most runs at a barely acceptable average. See: (Highest opening partnership runs in a career)

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-30 10:42

      It's not the English who are worked up about it, it's a cricket stat like any other. And, as you note yourself, Strauss was part of another partnership (with Trescothick) with a higher average. And it's not just about averages either. Top of the list (Greenidge/Haynes) had an only marginally higher average than Cook/Strauss. Yet ask any cricket historian about the best opening partnerships ever and Greenidge/Haynes will be one of the first, if not the first, that they mention. Likewise, many will cite JK's "nearly 300 Test wickets" as an achievement. The fact that he didn't get them at a very good average is irrelevant. Just getting them is an achievement. Strauss and Cook are, respectively, just one and two centuries short of the English all-time record. That's a pretty handy opening pair to have in anybody's book, and was instrumental in Eng winning back-to-back Ashes series under Strauss.

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-08-29 13:18

    The Biff Curse!!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 23:12

      It's anything but a curse. Vaughan's Eng team did much better than Hussain's and Strauss's England team did much better than Vaughan's. They'll be looking for Cook's team to continue the trend.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-30 03:39

      The Biff Curse? That's the one that makes all cricket silverware mysteriously vanish, isn't it?

  • lundi.nomnganga - 2012-08-29 13:24

    Strauss never really had that "tough as nails" persona anyway...We came, we saw, we tore English Cricket apart.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 13:25

    I wonder if the axing of KP is Xenophobia, if so, the other "non Poms" better be careful. Seems to be an ethnic cleansing here

  • larry.morkel - 2012-08-29 13:31

    Soon Straus will be sitting in the commentary box with Hussain and Vaughn asking each other " who made you retire?" hahahaha! well done Biff!

  • marthinus.stander.3 - 2012-08-29 13:31

    Whooohoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Looooooooooooooooooooooseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer! Now they bring back KP and all is well. Drop the excess baggage and keep the worthy players!

  • saul.segole - 2012-08-29 13:37

    Nasser Hussain, Mike Vaughn, and now Strauss? Cook must be praying Smith does not come 4 him in the next tour! Smith u deserve a bells!

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-08-29 13:37

    And another one bites the dust, ha ha ha!!

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-08-29 13:46

    What a bunch of Peanuts you bunch are . Have some respect for the man, Eish ,no wonder South Africans arnt that welcome abroad

      reginald.dube - 2012-08-29 14:10

      not welcomed ? half the English team are South Africans. the best time to kick a man is when he is down.

      P.J. - 2012-08-29 14:16

      Dis oraait, ons bly sommer hier in die Rainbow Nation! Die crime is streng, but what the heng.... dis lekker om te lewe hier in Guantengeleng!

      NigelJamesTurner - 2012-08-29 15:48

      Thanks, at least one sporting south african, What a crap bunch the rest of you are.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 16:22

      yeah Nigie old boy, peter loves the Poms so much he even wrote a poem for them on facebook!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-29 16:34

      Nigel, been that way for a long time now, great sportsmen very unsporting supporters, and they have the nerve to call the Aussies and English arogant, they should look in the mirror.

  • gerhard.visagie - 2012-08-29 14:09

    Graeme Smith, the captain slayer!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-30 03:42

      The guy who just can't win any silverware. Chokes at the "moment critique" every time.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-29 14:18

    Graeme Smith completes a hat-trick. First Nasser Hussain, then Michael Vaughan, now Andrew Strauss. Go Biff!

  • nathi.dlakavu - 2012-08-29 15:09

    Ha-trick for Smith

  • nramohale - 2012-08-29 15:28

    farewell to the big guy

  • nathi.dlakavu - 2012-08-29 15:52

    Hat-trick for Graeme Smith - Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and Andrew Strauss

      nathi.dlakavu - 2012-08-29 15:57

      watch out Alastair Cook

  • NigelJamesTurner - 2012-08-29 15:53

    Comments here show beyond any doubt that South African sports fans are indeed the most ignorant, juvenile, petty, vindictive and small minded people in the world. Well done to your team for a convincing with in the test series and last night's ODI win. It's a pity that the dignity that the Proteas have shown in victory is not echoed by you lot.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 16:34

      Dude, you are without humour and are totally missing the irony here. Keep that stiff upper lip fella!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-29 17:37

      nige nige nige, take it easy girl pants, you fairies never had a chance. i live in england and all you ever saw on tv (before you boys got smashed) was england the greatest ever cricket team in the world this and the proteas dont stand a chance that. botham saying england have the best attack in world cricket etc. do you remember the 2005 ashes win?? f@ck me no-one could come anywhere near you poms. so take it like a man, if you can...

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-08-29 17:46

      Nigel, one of the funniest things I've seen this week are the SA fans who are beside themselves with praise & accolades for Hashim Amla (and very deservedly so)..... But on the story of the Muslim organisation that want to arrest Tony Blair, many of the same ones are shouting obscenities at all Muslims. Makes you think, doesn't it ?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 17:51

      Funny gavin? Support the man, not the religion.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-08-29 18:17

      @ "As u'r always rite".....Amla is a devout Muslim. I'm not saying he is a suicide bomber type Muslim, but confesses to be a "DEVOUT MUSLIM". The comments made by many people on the Blair blog, will be very hurtful towards a man like Amla and other non-radical followers of Islam. If you are happy to treat people like that ie they are only acceptable if they can secure a win for SA, then you are the worst kind of bigot. Little wonder that Heathrow & other airports around the world have queues of young SA's of ALL colour & creed trying to get through immigration. Sad !

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 18:23

      I don't know gavin, for me religion plays no part in sport, period. Azurite is a blue mineral and echoes my support for the Blue Bulls.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-08-29 18:54

      @Azurite , good on you mate (btw I know what azurite is). I support Liverpool. For that reason I always choose red motor cars, mobile phones etc etc. The point is, would you support a Bulls player if he was a convicted paedophile or a rapist just because he is a great player ? Some people are convinced that all Muslims are evil wife beaters, child sex offenders & suicide bombers. Many people are saying that on the other blog.......yet they love Amla. Can you not see the irony ? Must run, football training in a minute and the sun has just come out - best make the most as I may not see it again until May ;-) Take care

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 19:31

      true gavin, I for one are not missing the stereotyping in SA at all. That's one of the reasons I am overseas now. And it is giving me a new perspective on the deep hatred running through SA citizens' veins, which I was lured into before I decided to go overseas. Enjoy the practice! BTW, I don't like red... :)

      dave.prentice.16 - 2012-08-29 21:48

      Nigel - If your opinion of SA Sports fans is based on the comments you read on this blog and other on line blogs for that matter, then I'm afraid mate you need to extend your research. The stereotyping of SA sports fans in your first paragraph is blatantly unfair and blinkered. I believe you need to expand your statistical sample base somewhat! From a humble SA sports fan ;-)

      blip.noodlum - 2012-08-30 03:44

      You reap what you sow.

  • Jacques - 2012-08-29 15:56

    Jokes aside, I'm sad to see him go. I remember when he first toured SA after he scored that century on debut against the Ozzies, hard to believe it's been 8 years now... You were a worthy opponent and gentleman of the game, Andrew! #Utmostrespect

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 18:45

      At last, a cricket fan. I was beginning to think there weren't any on this site.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-08-29 16:00

    Second England cricket captain to quit after SA hiding.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-29 16:36


      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-29 23:34

      Second. Nasser Hussain quit after a draw. He wanted to relinquish the captaincy before the Proteas even arrived in England but was persuaded to stay on by the ECB. The divisions in the dressing room didn't get any better and, after the first Test which was drawn, he stepped down. Vaughan took over and the series ended in a 2-2 draw. But let's keep that to ourselves. We wouldn't want to ruin the Biff myth.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-08-29 17:32

    Wow,big loss for England and cricket.You have taken England to the top of Test and ODI's and its sad to see you go.Hope you enjoy your retirement,you will surely be missed.

  • garren.dare - 2012-08-29 17:53

    You could have timed this better Andrew - now it looks like you are the 3rd consecutive English captain unable to survive Graeme Smith! I recon you are still sorely needed by your team and have been as good a leader as any of your predecessors. Your skills in diplomacy and especially direct honesty off the field are highly commendable and not easy to attain, and your leadership on the field was exemplary. Your fighting spirit will truly be missed by your countless fans at home and abroad where you are a household name in cricket playing countries

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-29 21:03

    hey crickets fans, just read they have rested (dropped) swann for the remainder of the odi's, what should we score on fri 370-420

  • - 2012-08-29 21:34

    good advert for the game, we respect your decision.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-08-29 22:03

    maybe Pietersons comments had a point to them. I'm glad Pieterson doesn't play for ze poms any longer.

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-30 07:28

    I dont know what the big racket about strauss is, most of the time our bowling attack got him out cheap, once I saw him score 70 in dbn but besides that he has not contributed much against south africa

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-08-30 10:44

      He's going to try his hand in politics now: Read

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-30 10:56

      Then you obviously don't remember the 2004/5 Eng tour of South Africa. Let me refresh your memory. England won the series 2-1 and Strauss was the series top scorer with 656 runs at an average of 72, including knocks of 126 and 94 in PE, 136 in Durban and 147 at the Wanderers. Although I can understand why Proteas fans would have blocked that series out of their memories.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-31 10:24

      Wow 8 years ago! Good one Rich you are right we obviously have forgotten that one, how well has he played against us since?? Chopper

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