England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day May 18, 2012

Strauss salutes 'emotional' century

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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.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • RandyOZ on May 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • RandyOZ on May 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • jmcilhinney on May 19, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @maddy20 on (May 18 2012, 22:35 PM GMT), so you're suggesting that a batsman shouldn't celebrate scoring a hundred? Strauss is happy to have achieved a milestone that all batsmen strive for and it's a bit more important than most because he hasn't scored one for a while and he's been getting out for low scores. Strauss himself isn't talking up this innings nor was he beforehand. Similarly Tendulkar wasn't the one making a big deal about his hundredth hundred, In both cases it was everyone else making a big deal about it while the batsmen just went out and batted. Of course, it it wasn't this then you'd just be moaning about something else because your aim is obviously just to post something critical.

  • on May 19, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Maddy20, the WI bowlers did a good job by pushing the Australian batsmen all the way and only one batsmen scored a century, so it was praise for all the WI bowlers. Now Strauss has broken his ton drought against a decent attack that perhaps lacks the killer instinct of finishing off the opposition. We don't want him to do a Ponting where he scores against WI and then fails against SA.

  • Vindaliew on May 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    For those knocking the quality of the bowling Strauss faced, let's imagine he made a duck - take away his unbeaten 121 and they'd be four down trailing by over a hundred runs. It wasn't a pitch where everyone scored a hundred - heroes and run machines such as Cook, Trott and KP combined didn't even make the runs Strauss made. It may not have been the most potent of international attacks, but it's good enough to get you if you make a mistake. It only takes one ball, and Strauss came good.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 19, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    @MADDY 20 . THAT IS PRECISELY THE PROBLEM . WHEN SACHIN MADE CENTURY AGANST BANGLADESH THEN MOST PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF HIM THAT HE CAN MAKE RUNS ONLY AGAINST BANGLADESH , ZIMBABWE . NOW STRAUSS HAS MADE TON AGAINST A WEAK WI TEAM ( THANKS TO IPL ) , SAME PEOPLE ARE PRAISING HIM . EVEN IN AUS TOUR WHEN SACHIN WAS MAKING INTO 70S & 80S , THEN ALSO EXPERTS CRITICIZE HIM & PEOPLE LIKE CHAPELL ADVICE HIM TO RETIRE . BUT IN WI TOUR WHEN RICKY PONTING GOT A COUPLE OF 40S THEN SAME EXPERTS WERE IN FULL PRAISE OF RICKY . WHY THERE IS SUCH DOUBLE STANDARDS ?

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on May 19, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @maddy20 No way. You can't compare the glory of Sachin's 100th hundred against Strauss' first 100 in eons. It's like comparing a glorious feast for an emperor to a glass of water to a starving beggar.

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Against lowly placed WEst Indies and this guy is celebrating it? If anything, it was as important as Dachin's 100th hundred against Bangladesh except that India lost that one and England are gonna win this!

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 18, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Thrilled to bits for him. I simply couldn't understand all the garbage being spoken about him having to "retire" if he didn't get a hundred soon - the fact is he's a quality batsman who's been going through a bad run of form and luck, like every single player goes through in any sport. Gooch and Stewart both went on to play until their 40s and there's no reason why Strauss shouldn't do so too if he stays fit. Which means that Yes, he'll probably have another dip in form before he finally retires - but let him decide when that should be - not the media or public! Congratulations Straussy - now go on and do a Cook and get shedloads of runs all summer!!!! :)))

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Strauss hardly needed this innings to validate his record (a test average in the 40s, over 6700 test runs and 20 test centuries would be sufficient to earn him respect even without his achievements as captain), but nobody among his peers will begrudge him this moment of celebration. I've never heard anyone who knows him say a bad word about Strauss the man; a genuinely nice guy but with a determination that has taken him and England further than I think many of us thought possible when he became captain three years ago. Enjoy your glass, Andy, but only have one. There are stil runs to be made and a test to be won.l

  • syedxaf on May 18, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    its easy to score on home ground. england and india should only home matches and stay no 1

  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I was at the SCG when Ricky Ponting scored his long-awaited century against India recently. If the celebrations afterwards didn't give it away, you could tell how much it meant from the fact that he nearly ran himself out on 99 to get it. That was a scratchy innings from Ponting but this one from Strauss was a bit more fluent and he was able to bring up his hundred in more style and with a cleaner shirt. You could tell that it meant no less to him though. The chances of Strauss being dropped were probably less than for Ponting because he still holds the captaincy but that also adds a little pressure too. Noone likes to feel that they're not contributing and a proud captain like Strauss less than most. Congratulations and may it be a sign of things to come this summer and beyond.

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  • jmcilhinney on May 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I was at the SCG when Ricky Ponting scored his long-awaited century against India recently. If the celebrations afterwards didn't give it away, you could tell how much it meant from the fact that he nearly ran himself out on 99 to get it. That was a scratchy innings from Ponting but this one from Strauss was a bit more fluent and he was able to bring up his hundred in more style and with a cleaner shirt. You could tell that it meant no less to him though. The chances of Strauss being dropped were probably less than for Ponting because he still holds the captaincy but that also adds a little pressure too. Noone likes to feel that they're not contributing and a proud captain like Strauss less than most. Congratulations and may it be a sign of things to come this summer and beyond.

  • syedxaf on May 18, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    its easy to score on home ground. england and india should only home matches and stay no 1

  • landl47 on May 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Strauss hardly needed this innings to validate his record (a test average in the 40s, over 6700 test runs and 20 test centuries would be sufficient to earn him respect even without his achievements as captain), but nobody among his peers will begrudge him this moment of celebration. I've never heard anyone who knows him say a bad word about Strauss the man; a genuinely nice guy but with a determination that has taken him and England further than I think many of us thought possible when he became captain three years ago. Enjoy your glass, Andy, but only have one. There are stil runs to be made and a test to be won.l

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 18, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Thrilled to bits for him. I simply couldn't understand all the garbage being spoken about him having to "retire" if he didn't get a hundred soon - the fact is he's a quality batsman who's been going through a bad run of form and luck, like every single player goes through in any sport. Gooch and Stewart both went on to play until their 40s and there's no reason why Strauss shouldn't do so too if he stays fit. Which means that Yes, he'll probably have another dip in form before he finally retires - but let him decide when that should be - not the media or public! Congratulations Straussy - now go on and do a Cook and get shedloads of runs all summer!!!! :)))

  • maddy20 on May 18, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Against lowly placed WEst Indies and this guy is celebrating it? If anything, it was as important as Dachin's 100th hundred against Bangladesh except that India lost that one and England are gonna win this!

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on May 19, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @maddy20 No way. You can't compare the glory of Sachin's 100th hundred against Strauss' first 100 in eons. It's like comparing a glorious feast for an emperor to a glass of water to a starving beggar.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 19, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    @MADDY 20 . THAT IS PRECISELY THE PROBLEM . WHEN SACHIN MADE CENTURY AGANST BANGLADESH THEN MOST PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF HIM THAT HE CAN MAKE RUNS ONLY AGAINST BANGLADESH , ZIMBABWE . NOW STRAUSS HAS MADE TON AGAINST A WEAK WI TEAM ( THANKS TO IPL ) , SAME PEOPLE ARE PRAISING HIM . EVEN IN AUS TOUR WHEN SACHIN WAS MAKING INTO 70S & 80S , THEN ALSO EXPERTS CRITICIZE HIM & PEOPLE LIKE CHAPELL ADVICE HIM TO RETIRE . BUT IN WI TOUR WHEN RICKY PONTING GOT A COUPLE OF 40S THEN SAME EXPERTS WERE IN FULL PRAISE OF RICKY . WHY THERE IS SUCH DOUBLE STANDARDS ?

  • Vindaliew on May 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    For those knocking the quality of the bowling Strauss faced, let's imagine he made a duck - take away his unbeaten 121 and they'd be four down trailing by over a hundred runs. It wasn't a pitch where everyone scored a hundred - heroes and run machines such as Cook, Trott and KP combined didn't even make the runs Strauss made. It may not have been the most potent of international attacks, but it's good enough to get you if you make a mistake. It only takes one ball, and Strauss came good.

  • on May 19, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Maddy20, the WI bowlers did a good job by pushing the Australian batsmen all the way and only one batsmen scored a century, so it was praise for all the WI bowlers. Now Strauss has broken his ton drought against a decent attack that perhaps lacks the killer instinct of finishing off the opposition. We don't want him to do a Ponting where he scores against WI and then fails against SA.

  • jmcilhinney on May 19, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @maddy20 on (May 18 2012, 22:35 PM GMT), so you're suggesting that a batsman shouldn't celebrate scoring a hundred? Strauss is happy to have achieved a milestone that all batsmen strive for and it's a bit more important than most because he hasn't scored one for a while and he's been getting out for low scores. Strauss himself isn't talking up this innings nor was he beforehand. Similarly Tendulkar wasn't the one making a big deal about his hundredth hundred, In both cases it was everyone else making a big deal about it while the batsmen just went out and batted. Of course, it it wasn't this then you'd just be moaning about something else because your aim is obviously just to post something critical.