England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Strauss salutes 'emotional' century

David Hopps

May 18, 2012

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Andrew Strauss finds the gap in the off side, England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day, May 18, 2012
Andrew Strauss said he "had to dig pretty deep" on the way to his fifth Test century at Lord's © PA Photos

Andrew Strauss promised that he would allow himself to celebrate with a "little glass of something" after his first Test hundred for 18 months ended concerns about his faltering batting form as England captain.

"You feel like you want to take the monkey off your back and contribute to the team - that's the most important thing," he said on Sky Sports. "It was a great feeling. It was quite tortuous getting the final 20 runs but I suppose that makes it all the more rewarding. I had to dig pretty deep."

Strauss' home crowd were jubilant as he made his fifth Test hundred at Lord's. "It was a very special ovation," he said. "It went on and on. It was slightly emotional. I have felt good in the preparation to this game but you still have to go out there and do it. It is a great feeling tonight to know that that I have got a few."

England finished the second day of the first Test against the West Indies on 259 for 3, 16 ahead, and Strauss, his authority again unquestioned as the captain who has led England to the No. 1 Test ranking and home and away Ashes triumphs, will resume on 121 not out on the third morning.

"I think my hundred on debut at Lord's was probably more important but it's been a while so it's probably one of the more special ones," he said. "I love batting here. It is the home of cricket and the ground by which every other ground is measured. I may have a little glass of something tonight."

Strauss had no complaints about the scrutiny that has built up around his modest batting form since his last hundred, against Australia in Brisbane in November 2010. "It is what it is. It becomes the talking point and until you get runs it remains the talking point. That's just how it is. It is enjoyable to get the hundred and now I can flick it to someone else."

He also had praise for the England team-mates who have stood by him. "We stick together and when one guy is under the pump a bit we are delighted when he comes through," he said.

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Posted by   on (May 20, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

The difference btween Strauss and Tendulkar is that even if Straussy performs, England don't seem to trust him whereas even if Tendulkar does not play India completely trust him to the core and gives him chance after chance after chance

Posted by Meety on (May 20, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Well done Strauss. Genuinely felt he wouldn't actually get a test ton again. @maddy20 - Sachin played out a maiden over in either the 34th or 35th over, against the terribly dangerous Mortaza (if memory serves me correct - LOL!), actually didn't look like scoring that over- in an ODI that is POOR cricket. I admire Sachin for the way most of the other 99 100s were scored, comparisons between Strauss & him are not clever, do not forget Sachin could not handle the Test captaincy & bat well at the same time AND has NEVER batted above #4 in his whole test career even when there were injuries. Strauss has copped criticism (had to be under scrutiny IMO), & so fully DESERVED to celebrate.

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

The Bell effect strikes again. Only perofrming at home when it doesnt count!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

@alberteinstien- you must be einstien but your cricket knowledge is not good...see for yourself about sachin and run by him against aus and eng..i think you are 14 year old who has not watched sachin.

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (May 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

I don't know why people are comparing Sachin with Strauss, one is a flat track bully and the other is a genuine match winning captain.

Posted by Crictragic1 on (May 19, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Come On; Relax people! Sachin is an incomparable cricketer; one in two lifetimes. He does not have to prove anything to anyone. Staruss is a commendable Crickerter, a decent guy, no genius; but a worthy batsman. Let them have their great personal moments without us quibbling over little things.

Posted by brittop on (May 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

@rahulcricket007: It's only double standards if it's the same people saying both things. Sachin gets criticised by the hundreds of Sachin-haters in India and they will moan about anything he does. The vast majority of those wouldn't be anywhere near a board about Eng v WI.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 19, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (May 19 2012, 03:54 AM GMT) Let's forget about the WI batting - which may be weakened by Gayle (and no one else) playing IPL and the non selection of Sarwan. It is the bowlers who Strauss scored his 100 against. The only bowler who is playing IPL is Narine. Now being that Swann was ineffective in the 1st inns - are you trying to tell me that Narine would have made a huge impact on a non spinning pitch in England? Shillingford wasn't selected for this reason. Also like the way you talk about double standards. BTW no one on here cares either way about ST's 100th 100 although a great achievement to accomplish that whoever it's against

Posted by karthik_raja on (May 19, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

@Valavan. "if really you dont like team england, you can restrict your comments to some other forums other than England" It wud b so nice if u too decide to follow ur own advice.

Posted by Valavan on (May 19, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

@maddy20, why did Dravid,Laxman and dhoni celebrated centuries against WI in 2011 at Kolkata. WI have poor batting but their bowling esp in englsih conditions is miles ahead of India, he celebrated for comeback form, if really you dont like team england, you can restrict your comments to some other forums other than England, @syedxaf, really why not Pakistan didnt play any decent opposition in foreign soil since 2010. cricinfo please publish.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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