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Strauss Retires From Cricket
England captain Andrew Strauss today retired from all forms of cricket. The decision comes after a prolonged period of below par form for the 35-year-old, as well as England’s defeat to South Africa which saw them overtaken as the world’s best test side.
Vice-captain Alistair Cook will take over as captain.
Strauss said “For me the driver to it all quite frankly was my form with the bat. In truth, I haven’t batted well enough for a long time now. I think I have run my race.”
“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.”
Strauss also denied that the controversy surrounding Kevin Pietersen had anything to do with his decision. Pietersen sent text messages where he insulted the former England captain but Strauss said in his news conference earlier ”I first spoke to Andy Flower about it prior to the Kevin Pietersen incident rearing its head, it just hasn’t been a consideration.”
Strauss captained England in 50 of his 100 tests and his record stands at 24 wins, 15 draws and 11 defeats since taking over as captain in February 2009.
The highlight of his time as captain will surely be the 2010/11 Ashes series where England won 3-1 in Australia.
As an opening batsman, Strauss scored 7,037 runs at an average of 40.91, including 21 centuries, the first of which came on debut against New Zealand in 2004.
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