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Andrew Strauss

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Left-arm medium
Played for:
England, British Universities Students Association, England A, England XI, MCC, Northern Districts, Middlesex, Somerset
Roles played:
Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | Batsman
Home country:
March 02, 1977, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa


In 2004, when South Africa-born, left-handed, Middlesex captain Andrew Strauss took centre-stage alongside Marcus Trescothick on the infamous Lord’s turf, few envisaged him to form one half of Test cricket’s best opening pair of the time. The opposition was New Zealand, and the Kiwis were left confounded by his century-on-debut that ensued.

By 2005, Strauss, with partner Trescothick, became England’s crown jewel in reclaiming the Ashes after a gap that spanned two decades. Despite being his maiden encounter against Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, his gritty batting peppered with tentative stroke-play notched two centuries over five Tests. Eventual comparisons to Justin Langer seemed inevitable. In 2006, Strauss was made interim ODI captain against Sri Lanka, following injuries to Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff. That maiden foray into authority saw England suffer a series whitewash. Prolonged trust in Strauss was soon rewarded with a Test series victory against Pakistan, before captaincy returned to Flintoff. But the year saw a steady decline in his form, reflecting in England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

The lowest ebb resulted in an omission following below-par performances against the Windies and on tour to India. Before the final innings of a forgettable 3-Test series in New Zealand, Strauss’s fate was pretty much sealed. But a timely 177 at Napier not just bought him time, but also paved way for a revival. The years that followed saw Strauss recapture both forms and captaincy – this time England looking to him to reunite a divided dressing room. In Alastair Cook, he found an opening partner to match the now-retired Trescothick. His leadership was instrumental in England retaining the 2009 and the 2010-11 Ashes proved even more special, as it was the first English victory on Australian soil after 24 long years.

The impact of Strauss’ inspirational captaincy was largely evident when England were crowned World No.1 in the ICC Test Rankings in 2011. Under his tutelage, the English team humiliated the then World Champions India, beating them 4-0 to acquire the mace. However, their reign couldn’t last for more than a year as a determined South Africa dethroned England from the pinnacle of Test cricket in 2012. Strauss then stepped down from captaincy, after playing his 100th Test at the Home of Cricket, his 50th as the England skipper. Not only did he resign from the post, but also announced his retirement from all forms of the game, paving way for his opening partner Alastair Cook to fill a huge void in the team.

Fast Facts

  • Andrew Strauss became the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord’s on Test debut.
  • Strauss has a unique distinction of playing his first as well last Test match at the same venue, i.e. Lord’s.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 100 178 7037 6 40.91 48.91 21 27 177
ODI 127 126 4205 8 35.63 80.94 6 27 158
T20 4 4 73 0 18.25 114.06 0 0 33
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
ODI 127 1 6 3 0 0/3 / - 3 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 121 0 3
ODI 57 0 7
T20 1 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 50 23 11 0 15 46
ODI 62 27 33 1 1 43.55
T20 3 0 3 0 0 0


England Vs New Zealand at Lord's, London - May 20, 2004
Last played:
England Vs South Africa at Lord's, London - Aug 16, 2012
England Vs Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Nov 18, 2003
Last played:
England Vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Mar 26, 2011
England Vs Australia at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 13, 2005
Last played:
England Vs West Indies at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad - Mar 15, 2009