View Full Version : Strauss retires from all cricket

August 29, 2012, 08:24 AM
Andrew Strauss (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/20387.html) has announced his retirement from professional cricket, ending a 10-year career at international level, the last three of which he was England's Test captain. Alastair Cook, the one-day captain, will take on the Test job.

His decision comes after a week of soul-searching during a family break following the 2-0 loss against South Africa which meant England lost the No. 1 Test ranking and also comes at a time when Kevin Pietersen's exile from the team has dominated the agenda.

Strauss played down the significance of the current Pietersen situation in his decision saying it "was not a factor at all" and retiring was on his mind before the series against South Africa started. He did, though, admit that his lack of runs had played a major part.

More (http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/579864.html)

Whatever Strauss says, i still think KP saga had something to do with his decision. Anyway, thanks to him for entertaining us and best wishes for this future endeavor. :applause:

August 29, 2012, 08:36 AM
He will be missed. I really loved to watch him bat.

August 29, 2012, 08:38 AM
Good bye Strauss. Have a wonderful retirement.

KP celebrates scoring a century (http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/engine/current/match/542540.html) after learning Strauss's retirement

August 29, 2012, 08:44 AM
one part of me is totally surprised, the other part isn't. check out the recent history of england captains, they come and go quite frequently these days. something certainly isn't right when you go through soo many captains in such a short period of time.

anyway congrats on a really solid career.

August 29, 2012, 10:44 AM
Good time to call it a day. Will easily make the list of best players to have played for England. England is in cook's safe hand.

August 29, 2012, 01:43 PM
Good time to go. His form hasn't been great off late. Actually the top order failure really hurt England in the series against SA. He will be remembered fondly by his team mates purely because He took on the responsibility when they were in turmoil and slowly took them to no. 1 ranking with his steady captaincy.

I guess his retirement makes things a little easier for Pietersen now to make a comeback. I hope he can keep his mouth shut and avoid controversy

August 29, 2012, 04:54 PM
Good he was ineffective lately

August 29, 2012, 05:28 PM
Makes sense. He had been on the decline as a batter. So is it Carberry's time in Tests?

August 29, 2012, 05:48 PM
It was good timing in the end. Sad to see a great batsman like him go but it was time for him.

@Razab bhai, Carberry would be a good choice but he wasn't even in the England Lions team recently. I think they're grooming up Joe Root for the opening slot along with Cook. I heard he has big time potential But probably needs more time. Nick Compton is a hot name right now in County cricket and probably will be called up for the India tour.

August 29, 2012, 06:21 PM
I was shocked when I heard... will miss him. One of my fav players :(