England news August 29, 2012

Strauss retires from all cricket

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Andrew Strauss 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.

Strauss' decision ends a career that began in 1997, an international career that started in 2003 and captaincy reign that began early in 2009 in the wake of the Pietersen-Peter Moores fall out.

"After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain and announce my retirement from all forms of cricket," Strauss said. "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.

"There are too many people who have helped me on this incredible journey to mention them all by name, but I would like to thank all the Middlesex and England players I have played alongside, as well as the phenomenal coaches and support staff with whom I have been fortunate enough to work.

"Particular mention has to go to Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher in that regard. It would also be remiss of me not to thank Middlesex, the ECB and the PCA for their support and guidance over the years.

"No one can play international cricket for any length of time without having an incredibly strong support network around them, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for going through it all alongside me over the course of my England career.

"I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket's greatest moments have occurred. I have loved every minute of it. All that remains is for me to wish Andy, Alastair and the rest of the team the very best for the coming months. I will be an interested spectator."

Strauss, 35, played his 100th Test at Lord's against South Africa and after the loss he said he still had "a lot of desire" but did not categorically declare his intention to continue leading the side. Strauss said at the time he was keen to take a break and then discuss the future with the coach Andy Flower.

ESPNcricinfo were the first to suggest immediately after the Test that perhaps Strauss was considering resignation.

The South African series was a difficult one for Strauss, who not only had to deal with the ongoing Pietersen saga but also his own struggle for runs - his best score during the three Tests was 37. Cook, who took on the ODI captaincy last year, will now step into the Test role and will start with the tour of India later this year.

Cook said: "Andrew's contribution to England cricket in recent years is evident to everyone who follows the sport but only those of us who have been lucky enough to share a dressing room with him are fully aware of his immense contribution to our success.

"He has been a fantastic captain, has led from the front for three and a half years and is a true ambassador for the game. To have played 100 Tests for your country is a phenomenal achievement and I want to congratulate him on a superb career. I know this can't have been an easy decision for him and everyone in the dressing room will be sad to see him go.

"I'm very excited by this new challenge, it is a huge honour to be appointed Test captain and am very much looking forward to captaining the side in India this winter and beyond, but my immediate focus is on this current NatWest one-day series. Once the series is over I will turn my attention to the Test captaincy and building on the work Andrew has started."

David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said: "On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket I'd like to thank Andrew Strauss for his outstanding contribution to the game.

"Andrew has been a highly successful captain and opening batsman for Middlesex and England, who will be remembered for leading the side to two Ashes victories and to the top of the Test rankings. He has shown tremendous integrity, dedication and commitment both on and off the field and under his leadership the side has grown immeasurably and reached new levels of professionalism.

"Andrew's calmness and authority when dealing with some of the most difficult moments in our sport in recent times should be applauded and I have no doubt that his contribution as an ambassador for the game will be recognised by anyone who has had an opportunity to spend time with him. His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come and we now need to continue to build on the progress we have made under his leadership."

Strauss made his debut for England in 2004, scoring a century against New Zealand at Lord's in a performance that was enough to push former captain Nasser Hussain into retirement, and his most recent Test against South Africa was his 100th Test. When talking recently to mark the occasion he spoke about his desire to continue but events of recent weeks, including the controversy surrounding Pietersen, appear to have changed his mind.

As captain, Strauss led England to new heights, including back-to-back Ashes triumphs in 2009 and 2010-11 plus the No.1 Test ranking which they held for a year before losing the series against South Africa. That was the first home Test series England had lost under Strauss' leadership and just the third of his entire stint.

However, the runs had largely dried up for Strauss in recent years. The two hundreds he scored against West Indies earlier this season hinted that he could recapture some of his best form but reality hit home against South Africa when he scored 107 runs in six innings. Having started his time as captain with three hundreds against West Indies in 2009 he managed just four more. He will finish with 21 Test centuries, one behind the England record held by Geoff Boycott, Colin Cowdrey and Wally Hammond.

In his 100 Tests Strauss has scored 7037 runs at 40.91 and in the 50 Tests he captained (which included four before being appointed fulltime captian, against Pakistan in 2006) he won 24 of them.

Strauss is the third England captain to resign either during or after a series against a South Africa side led by Graeme Smith. Hussain stood down early in the 2003 series and Michael Vaughan ended his time as captain after South Africa won the 2008 series with victory at Edgbaston.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on August 31, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I will always remember Strauss for that 150+ score he made against India in the World Cup 2011 ! .... I was sweating bullets and chomping my nails in sheer tension till Andrew was on the crease whacking our bowlers all over the park!!! ;) Will always remember that Andy. (From an appreciative Indian Fan)

  • SuperSharky on August 31, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I liked Andrew Strauss Test-cricket style. He was the cool head gentleman. But he is now Graeme Smith's 3rd English Captain Scalp! Funny enough that I thought that the balance between Andrew Strauss's cool head and Kevin Pietersen's arrogance, was also an ingredient of England's recipe of becoming number one. Now they are both gone and England have to start and rebuilt a new team until the next South African tour arrives in England.

  • cricket-is-passion on August 31, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    One thing is for sure right is honesty and dedication that Strauss showed throughout his career. I never seen any news on commenting somebody or sledging etc. He is believed his hard work and talent and teams strength. Hats off man.Hope your second innings will be also be like as simple as top notch.

  • on August 30, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @voice_of_reason - agree with you cycle comments, however Smith was 22 when he was made captain. It was inevitable he'd outlast a few captains with he continued. Credit to Smith for continuing for so long but he or SA hardly ended Captains careers. Moores and injury ended Vaughans, Hussain couldn't take the team any further and Strauss was poor form. The result of the series (we drew the 2003 series 1-1 btw) had little to do with all 3 captains quitting, the average age of those captains at that point perhaps more. Interestingly Smith will be 35 when he next tours england, shoe on the other foot next time around?

  • on August 30, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I tell you, Strauss is the only gentleman in the history of cricket for me.A fine class cricketer and leader. Such a cool captain. He have favorite players, but he is the player i love and respect. The world is going to miss you. SALUTE !

  • zarasochozarasamjho on August 30, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    A decent guy, very professional, and extremely successful as a captain (which teams have beaten Australia in Australia in a test series in recent 2 decades?), Strauss has been steadily losing form, and has probably made the right decision. After having scored 7,000 runs in test cricket & exactly 100 tests is a tremendous effort to look back on with pride. Nevertheless it is sad to see him go, as he was meant to have lasted longer. As a Pakistan supporter, I join others to wish him well in his future.

  • JG2704 on August 30, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @maddy20 on (August 30 2012, 04:45 AM GMT) And who of significance have you played at home since your whitewashings? HUH?

  • anuprakir on August 30, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    A true gentleman,very good captain and stylish batsman.No one can ignore his role in putting England at the top of ladder in all formats of the game.He could have easily played for some more time if wanted but sacrificed his place for a young upcoming batsman.whereas in India we have this man called Tendulkar who wants to continue for ever for the sake of few more millions ruining prospects of a younger batsman

  • BrianCharlesVivek on August 30, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    The total number of comments 540 summarizes how much he is respected throughout the world. I dont know if world will end in 2012, but it has been an year of gentlemenly retirements such as Laxman,Lee,Dravid, Strauss etc...

  • Ramanrr114 on August 30, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Great Player ! Great Captain ! Great Ambassador for world cricket !!! we miss you Andrew in slip cordon ... Won Ashes in home soil as well as in Australia ..

    Thank you sir for your contributions towards world cricket.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on August 31, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I will always remember Strauss for that 150+ score he made against India in the World Cup 2011 ! .... I was sweating bullets and chomping my nails in sheer tension till Andrew was on the crease whacking our bowlers all over the park!!! ;) Will always remember that Andy. (From an appreciative Indian Fan)

  • SuperSharky on August 31, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I liked Andrew Strauss Test-cricket style. He was the cool head gentleman. But he is now Graeme Smith's 3rd English Captain Scalp! Funny enough that I thought that the balance between Andrew Strauss's cool head and Kevin Pietersen's arrogance, was also an ingredient of England's recipe of becoming number one. Now they are both gone and England have to start and rebuilt a new team until the next South African tour arrives in England.

  • cricket-is-passion on August 31, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    One thing is for sure right is honesty and dedication that Strauss showed throughout his career. I never seen any news on commenting somebody or sledging etc. He is believed his hard work and talent and teams strength. Hats off man.Hope your second innings will be also be like as simple as top notch.

  • on August 30, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @voice_of_reason - agree with you cycle comments, however Smith was 22 when he was made captain. It was inevitable he'd outlast a few captains with he continued. Credit to Smith for continuing for so long but he or SA hardly ended Captains careers. Moores and injury ended Vaughans, Hussain couldn't take the team any further and Strauss was poor form. The result of the series (we drew the 2003 series 1-1 btw) had little to do with all 3 captains quitting, the average age of those captains at that point perhaps more. Interestingly Smith will be 35 when he next tours england, shoe on the other foot next time around?

  • on August 30, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I tell you, Strauss is the only gentleman in the history of cricket for me.A fine class cricketer and leader. Such a cool captain. He have favorite players, but he is the player i love and respect. The world is going to miss you. SALUTE !

  • zarasochozarasamjho on August 30, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    A decent guy, very professional, and extremely successful as a captain (which teams have beaten Australia in Australia in a test series in recent 2 decades?), Strauss has been steadily losing form, and has probably made the right decision. After having scored 7,000 runs in test cricket & exactly 100 tests is a tremendous effort to look back on with pride. Nevertheless it is sad to see him go, as he was meant to have lasted longer. As a Pakistan supporter, I join others to wish him well in his future.

  • JG2704 on August 30, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @maddy20 on (August 30 2012, 04:45 AM GMT) And who of significance have you played at home since your whitewashings? HUH?

  • anuprakir on August 30, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    A true gentleman,very good captain and stylish batsman.No one can ignore his role in putting England at the top of ladder in all formats of the game.He could have easily played for some more time if wanted but sacrificed his place for a young upcoming batsman.whereas in India we have this man called Tendulkar who wants to continue for ever for the sake of few more millions ruining prospects of a younger batsman

  • BrianCharlesVivek on August 30, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    The total number of comments 540 summarizes how much he is respected throughout the world. I dont know if world will end in 2012, but it has been an year of gentlemenly retirements such as Laxman,Lee,Dravid, Strauss etc...

  • Ramanrr114 on August 30, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Great Player ! Great Captain ! Great Ambassador for world cricket !!! we miss you Andrew in slip cordon ... Won Ashes in home soil as well as in Australia ..

    Thank you sir for your contributions towards world cricket.

  • CaptainKool on August 30, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    @Sharif Qamar.. I like that you are thinking about little master but boy you will still have to wait for another 5 years. SA indeed has ended three captains' career to end.

  • on August 30, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I believe he would have played for some time but the Pietersen controversy and his tweets hurt him and he decided to sacrifice his career for team unity.He was an excellent man manager and ambassador of cricket and England.I thought that he was not such a great captain and at times appeared too negative,but the team was a very happy unit under his command. A modest, well mannered person. I wish him well.England should be proud of him.

  • voice_of_reason on August 30, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    All this talk of Smith being the one to get rid of three England captains is actually showing us the natural cycle of an England Test captain i.e. about four years/50 Tests, which currently coincides with a SA tour. Hussain and Vaughan tried to carry on as players only but a combination of lack of desire and motivation (Hussain) and injury, form and motivation (Vaughan) led to retirement from the game. Atherton was captain for just over four years and for 52 Tests (he did a couple more as a stand in for Hussain) prior to Hussain. His last series as captain was in the West Indies, immediately prior to SA touring Eng (Alec Stewart was captain for a while before Hussain took over.). He too played on for a while until injury and form saw him retire. Strauss knows his own mind and is doing what's best for him and his family. Good luck to him.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on August 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Andrew Strauss - congrats for your brilliant leadership and taking us to 2 drubbings of the Aussies home and away and an 8-0 white wash of India last Summer. Thanks for giving me such fond memories of how to dismantle such opposition with ease. Strauss is a man of honesty, integrity, loyalty and doesn't pander to egos perhaps that is why certain Indian posters don't like him? Strauss is also a man who knows when he's a shadow of his former self and when to quit for the good of the team. Ponters could learn a lot from him. Still, Cook is a great replacement and even without the ego we'll still beat the Aussies comfortably in the back-to-back series coming up. :)

  • on August 30, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Am I missing a point here ? Strauss clearly said at the end of Lord's test he wants to continue to be the man who gets no1 ranking back for England. This was in turn endorsed by Coach and the team within days. Now he resigns all of a sudden - to me it looks like he has been asked to go....and the sentiments of coach and team has been overruled in the decision making. Than where is all this "he took the right decision...." etc is coming from???

  • cricket-is-passion on August 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @Ted Osborne: home team always wants to prepare the pitches to their strengths. That's what Aussies and England did when India toured, hv u ever noticed a pure spin pitch in Aus or Eng otherthan fast bouncy pitches?. Nowadays India stopped preparing the pitches to their favor except here and there and most of them are either batsman friendly or supports both fast and spin. And also nowadays India preparing few fast pitches that added advantage to overseas teams like Aussies, SA, ENG. You really have to talk about Aussies when they play spinner friendly pitches. You know the outcome when they played on those pitches, example is tour result of England toured India (England in India ODI Series, Oct 2011Result India 5-0 (5)) after India lost to Eng in England . So bottom line is if the pitch is prepared in favor of home team strengths then home team always wins or more chances of winning which is why Ind lost and Eng lost in India.

  • premnauth on August 30, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    A true gentleman . cool and calm yet authoritative all the to best to him in his future endeavours

  • BrianCharlesVivek on August 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Strauss a truly successful, different cricketer England has produced recently. He played 100 tests, scored 7k runs, 121 catches,3 ashes wins , captained 50 and won 24 out of those in just 8 years. I dont see even Tendulkar winning so much in these 8 years. To add, the 21 hundreds and 4200 ODI runs for which Stewart, Gooch etc played till their 60's. In Ashes 2005 he was the only player to get 2 tons. However he got two things wrong - The ODI retirement and this one.He was at his best when he quit ODI's and in tests, he could have surely milked the mediocre Indian bowling and boosted his average a little. Dhoni is adored and Opportunistic ,Sachin is worshipped,Sammy toils but is hated ,Clarke is charismatic, Smith is talented and mouthy, but this guy is a Leader and Respected . He was either the highest run scorer or century getter all the time he played as Captain.You will be missed. Thanks for all . With regards , your admirer from India.

  • on August 30, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Strauss was a great captain and good batsman.........

  • on August 30, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    As a real gentleman he has stepped down not only from most coveted England captaincy, and also all form of international cricket. Hat off to Andrew Strauss.

  • on August 30, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    we'll miss a gem of a player !!! what a team in tests ..... sometimes back with players like Strauss, Trott, Pietersen , Bell it certainly was a rock solid test team....

  • liz1558 on August 30, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @jb633 - It's not really my view originally - it was Michael Vaughan. As painful as it is to admit, England were bullied by the Saffers from day two of the first Test. England had that one chance - day 1 - to impose themselves, but they didn't. From then on it was a case of mental disintegration, primarily at the hands of Steyn and Smith. Anyhow, sport without the matching psychological contest would be utterly tedious. England were bullied.

  • creekeetman on August 30, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    who's going to be the new opening batsman?

  • sidanthan on August 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    A LOSS OF A THOROUGH GENTLMEN & A CHARMING PERSONALITY TO CRICKET.HATS OFF TO A DELIGHTFUL CARRIER,BEING WITHOUT CHASING MONEY OR FRANCHISES. (WHAT MAJORITY OF MODERN DAY CRICKETERS DO)

  • Buckers410 on August 30, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    What about Matt Prior as the new England Captain. I believe he has done it as a stand in while Strauss was off the field. Handy bat and wk, why not?

  • Buckers410 on August 30, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Congratulations on a wonderful career and a successful run as the England captain. One of the first in a while. Great work on taking the ashes from us (twice) and leading England to a better place. It will be a lot easier to bowl to the openers of Engalnd now you have retired. Good luck for the future and it would be great to see him take on a coaching role somewhere around the world. A fine gentlemen. Thanks for some wonderful decade of cricket.

  • on August 30, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    to all those people out there calling Strauss and average player. If you can tell me of another batsman who has scored 3 tons in a series in SA, in SA or ODI 150 odd against India ,in India, then be my guest.

  • Long-Leg on August 30, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I am incredibly sad (though not surprised) that Andrew Strauss has decided to retire. I suppose that time catches up with us all. It is reported on the BBC website that he wrote personal letters to all his England team mates and back room staff before announcing his decision. This is the act of a humble man who puts his team first. Contrast that with the twitter exploits of a certain England cricketer and we begin to understand the clash of values which were so damaging in the England dressing room.

  • lgnandan on August 30, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I feel some players who have retired recently are leaving a precedent of retiring at the time of their out of form or at bad times of their teams. Always there is no need for them to wait till they encounter success to do so. They have that courage to accept failure. Not a bad precedent

  • on August 30, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    All the Best Strauss.... miss you in england cricket. Strauss is one of the best player in the world. Best of luck for his future..................... miss you so much.......................bye bye..........

  • on August 30, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    quoting here: When England needed a calm head, Strauss invariably provided it. On the first day of the final Ashes Test in 2005, a cacophony of nervous desperation, Strauss made a century of indecent serenity. When English cricket was in disarray after the Pietersen-Peter Moores affair, Strauss and Andy Flower restored order with the minimum of fuss and then, well ahead of schedule, provided some unimaginable highs: consecutive Ashes wins, including a stunning first triumph in Australia for 24 years, and the ascent to top of the ICC Test rankings. Along the way there were seven consecutive home Test series wins and eight out of nine overall. Those were the times of our lives.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on August 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Andrew Strauss for being a true and probably the only gentleman in the English team and congratulations to Graeme Smith on completing the hat-trick! Not confident about Cook as the captain. He gives a feeling of someone who crumbles under pressure. KP should be back in the team and as a captain.

  • mysay on August 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done Straussy, I take my hat off to you. You will be missed. This is what been an ambassador and a great sportsmen is all about. Soul searching is something not many others do, shame on them.

  • jb633 on August 30, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @liz1158, I assume that your joking right? SA beat England because they have a group of highly skilled players and they executed their skills very well. I am English and will admit that SA are a better side than England, there was no bullying or intimidation needed. I feel that people have realised sledging does not win anything but skill does. Even the most passionate Aussie fans will probably agree that the series against SA will be very tough. Beating Aus in their own backyard is immensley difficult but still SA will be favourites.

  • James.The.Ripper on August 30, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Great captain and a great person. Thanks Andrew for all your contribution to the team and the game. Best wishes for your future.

  • jasonpete on August 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Strauss is a good captain inspite of his lack of runs and a big loss to England cricket team.All the best for future.@ vacant-slip, India ranked no.1 till England whitewashed them,but during Australia series ,india was never a no.1 ranked team.By looking at your logic,can we say samething to England ? As soon as they reached no.1 ,they got whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0 and even lost the first test against SL. ie 4-0 on the trot .No team got whitewashed immediately by reaching the top position except England team, not even India achieved this.@ Sunil Xavier, read the article and comment .please publish

  • RandyOZ on August 30, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    @ Hammond - welcome back - missed you during the entire South African series.

  • bMike on August 30, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Hats off to Strauss. A real gentleman and an outstanding cricketer. Wish you all the best for your future career. Please don't go away from us even though we won't be able to see you on the field. The way Strauss batted throughout his career and the way he announced his retirement is a good lesson for well known flat track bullies who got whitewashed consecutive away series not so long ago.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 30, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I see the trolls are out in force, Still Strauss took a Team that wasnt united and suffered severe infighting and turned it round to take the team in 3 years from 5th to top. While not viewed as the most imaginative captain, he was effective, and 24 wins with only 11/12 losses is not a bad return. Cook should make a good captain though the opener slot that Strauss vacates will be a bit of a vacuum as there really hasnt been anyone knocking on the door with stand out performances over the last 18 months, though Root has had a good season with an avg of 55 in Div 2.

  • steve19191 on August 30, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Best batsman to play for England, NO best captain for England NO..

    Led the team against the Aussies both home and away and won YES

    for this Strauss will be fondly remembered.

    What the Indian commentators here have to remember is that us England fans dont give a tuppence what happens in any other series other than the greatest series there is and always will be.

    The Ashes.

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 30, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    You did us proud straussy, you picked the team up and lifted us to the top...Hope he joins Gower, Atherton, Bumble, Holding & the rest on the TV commentary....For the future, Captain Cook has a nice ring to it, doesnt it?

  • MaverickSix on August 30, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Sad for English Cricket.. I think He has at least 2 more years to go...

  • on August 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    MISS YOUR BATTING,YOU SHOULD PLAY ATLEAST NEXT ASSUIE.A GREAT BATSMAN AND A VALUABLE OPNER IN TEST TEAM FOR ENGLAND,I KNOW ENGLAND CANNOT ABLE TO PRODUCE A QAULITY OPNER AS HIM WITHIN THE NEXT 2 OR 3 YEARS.

  • chin-music on August 30, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Andy Strauss was dignity personified when he played & now leaves with befitting grace. As an Indian, I wish some of our guys ( SRT et al) would learn a thing or two from Strauss - & realise that they have long since run their races.

  • jokerbala on August 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    people like Ganguly should watch this and be ashamed. Hanging on to your place in the team is of no use if you cannot perform against the best in the world. Strauss would have made a mountain of runs against the Kiwis and even the insipid Indian attack this winter but chose to make a graceful exit once Steyn and co had got the better of him. True team player. Hats off

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 30, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    @the_blue_andriod, Nicely put, summed it up very well. Just an average player at best, he was lucky to captain ENG at a time when their team was reasonably strong (but certainly not the consistent world-beaters their misguided media over-hyped them into). Very bland and unimaginative captain, conservative and ultra defensive - much like his batting. He knew his captaincy was doomed, and he has taken the wise course - abandon the sinking ship that is English cricket atm. Good luck with that rebuilding process - we've been trying to tell ya, the cupboards are bare & all that. ENG will be languishing down at #5 or 6 by this time next year, and they'll stay meandered in the mediocrity for at least another 3-4 years.

  • on August 30, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I've never been a fan of England cricket and never will be. However, I had a huge amount of respect for Strauss and how he presented himself as a cricketer. He is a great ambassador for the game and English Cricket. After Collingwood, it was a breath of fresh air to see Strauss leading this team and I'm sure Cook will grow forward in his absence.

  • Knowledge_Speaks on August 30, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    A WEAK CAPTAIN..

  • Dane_M on August 30, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Thank you Andrew for a wonderful contribution to the game that I love. You have done a fantastic job for English cricket and I hope you receieve the deserved recognition. True role model to the way cricket should be played, up and coming professionals will do well to follow in your foot steps - fair thee well.

  • on August 30, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    strauss was a cool n calm cricketer.he was the one to lift the level of english cricket so high.his acheivements in english cricket is really appreciable.best of luck for his future....

  • A_Vacant_Slip on August 30, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @maddy20 on (August 30 2012, 04:45 AM GMT). You again. You say India "Lost a few away"! Why don't you add the detail? India were double whitewashed 4-0 and 4-0. Lost a few, eh? I make that 8. Why don't you just say that India were uncompetitive and lost every game, it would be more accurate. It was India, not England who were the disgrace, not only to the number one ranking, but the Test cricket - which whole world can see that India clearly do not take seriously. India were the only "number 1" Team ever to suffer consequtive whitewashes. It is India that should be ranked below NZ, not England. The reason you do not add the detail is because of the shame of the double whitewash and the devil is in the detail. please publish.

  • edgie on August 30, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Well seems KP will be texting about Cook now seeing as his favourite topic has resigned.

  • liz1558 on August 30, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @MrPontingToYou - Oz will be the clear winner - because Smith's SA, in spite of obvious gifts has a glass jaw. Smith knew how to intimidate and bully England - tough Boer trekkers against callow middle class English boys, and we fell for it. Do you think the Aussies will be intimidated in the same way?

  • on August 30, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    strauss was very cool and calm cricketer.what he did to the english cricket is really unforgetable.. he was the one to filt the level of english cricket high.he will be really missed.

  • liz1558 on August 30, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    @maddy20 - I can't believe we're still on this - move on, get past it - it will happen! A little history lesson: in 1976, 1979/80, and 1984 a good England side was beaten by a great side, WI, AUS & WI respectively. On each occasion, the same England team - predominantly lead by its fast/fast medium bowlers went to India and won convincingly. The last time England white washed India (1974, 3-0), they won the following tour, 3-1. The weight of history is against you. And India for that matter.

  • Hammond on August 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Congrats for a great career Andrew Strauss. The man that took England to the top of world cricket- the first time it had been there since the late sixties. No-one will forget your legacy. Now Cook can bring England back to where they naturally now belong- at number one.

  • on August 30, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    This is already the saddest year in international cricket. 5 months are still to go. Four great cricketers have already retired.....we might see Ponting, kallis & tendulkar hanging their boots in coming months.......we never know.

  • on August 30, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    He envisaged what's going to happen in India , he just salvaged some pride otherwise his whole role in england's ascent to No 1 would have been undone.Smart choice i say , Mr Strauss. Come winter , Cook will be cooked in India..

  • Auscricketfan on August 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    As an Aussie i must give Strauss due credit he took English cricket places it hasnt been for a very long time, but watching the SA vs Eng test series on T.V Strauss just looked like a walking wicket at times which was sad in a way considering on his day he was a excellent batsman, i thought he was on the way back with the 100s vs W.I b4 the SA series but as we seen the Proteas have the best pace attack in the world, and b4 u poms start bagging me the S.A pace attack has been the best since about 2008 and Englands only is good when conditions suit most of the time ur spinner swann bails you out, but as i said congrats Andrew Strauss on a excellent career and all the best for the future

  • npc_cricketlover on August 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I respect AndrewStrauss decision,felt like he kept his teams commitment in view. It is a real brave and selfless decision. Every player would want to keep playing as long a s possible, but Strauss knew he needs to put a stop to that tempting desire. He proved he is a real gentleman. Wish Strauss a great life ahead.

  • on August 30, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Strauss was ( and is ) such a gentleman, that even when I negatively commented about the imports in the England team, at least twice I mentioned that there is no way I can say anything negative about this fine gentleman cricketer. One more retirement from that rare species. I stand and salute you, Staussy!

  • on August 30, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Strauss lit the candle and showed the way. A little earlier VVS, did the same thing. Even earlier Rahul did so. Much earlier Sourav did it.With all these four lighting the candles and showing the way, one great man from India does not seem to find the way. Timing seems to be going awry : as in cricket, so in life's decisions. HIS double hundred in an ODI in India is similar to Stauss's centuries staging WI. Strauss could see its importance or lack of it. But HE can't. (The words HE & HIS were capilised on purpose, considering HIS exalted status in the pantheon of Gods)

  • on August 30, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    It was people like Strauss who put the gentlemen in cricket. He made the English team that much more likeable. Regardless of the loss of form this was a surprise and he'll be sorely missed.

  • on August 30, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    So sad to see Strauss go.Please - no more KP -EVER!

  • on August 30, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Graeme Smith 3, England Captains 0!

  • on August 30, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Graeme Smith 3 - England captains - 0!! 3 tours and each ending in the resignation of an England captain. Something to be proud off!!

  • veerakannadiga on August 30, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Good luck to you for your future.He was a decent cricketer, no sledging, no badmouthing, no making tall claims,work more talk less sort of guy. The game is getting poorer everyday with the retirement of honest blokes like Strauss, Dravid,Lee,Laxman, Bucther.

  • maddy20 on August 30, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    @JG2704 Huh!Atleast we did not get blanked 2-0 at home. You lose both at home. We lost a few away but we have not lost to anyone at home in 9 years. Even New Zealand held SA to a 1-1 draw at home. England should be ranked below NZ. England were a disgrace to the No.1 ranking. The Only No.1 who did not win a single series at home or away barring the one against lowly ranked WI!

  • on August 30, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Andrew Strauss has been the epitome of dignity and dedication in his 100 Test career. He has carried out his duties without any flamboyance but with an often understated firmness of purpose that has earned him the respect of all who have come in contact with him. Let us wish him all the best in his coming years while marveling at his single-minded devotion to English cricket over his 10 year stint at the top. It is now up to Cook to keep the Union Jack flying.

  • SAKAFRIDI on August 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Very Said News For cricket lover ..A.Strass was A good circkter will miss him : (

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 30, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Thank you Strauss for all what you have done for cricket! You're a true ambassador of cricket and please continue to be in the game as a coach, commentator etc. Shamalka from Sri Lanka

  • on August 30, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    great player to watch espacially his calmness in the field as a captain was very impressive. No doubt, he has led the side to new heights, and its up to the Cook to carry it on. Good Luck Mr. Strauss with ur plans in future.

  • landl47 on August 30, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Strauss was a very good player, a strong captain and most importantly of all a humble and sporting man who never put himself ahead of the team. Thanks from someone who has spent over 50 years playing, watching and following cricket and has enjoyed the last few years as much as any I've seen.

  • Capt.Harry on August 30, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Sad to hear of your retirement Strauss..well done as a player and a captain.You have stood firm and captained England well during one of it's most darkest hour and came out on top. Nobody Knows the pressure a captain goes through until they step into his shoes. May the good work you started continue with England.There are good players to carry on.Enjoy your retirement and take a holiday to the beautiful Caribbean........a West Indian supporter

  • on August 30, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    The game gets a bit poorer when guys like Strauss leave it. Not a batsman extraordinaire but a thorough ambassador for the game. But too many English players abruptly ending their careers. As for the India tour, it is always tough, for any team visiting here. Form, recent record hardly matters here.

  • TheIndiaRockers on August 30, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Strauss u made england team to reach the top spot for the last few year. U are one of fine batsman& captain in england cricket. The retirement decision is too early.. However all the very best for your future from an indian fans...

  • mikey76 on August 30, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Glad that he fell on his sword like a man. We've been stagnating for the last few months and need a new approach. Can't see Root being blooded in India so it will probably be Trott for the time being which is good and bad. Should be solid starts made but us taking the attack to the new ball might suffer. Would love to see the KP issue resolved, and England reward Prior's form with a move up to 6. This then gives us the opportunity to play two spinners and 3 seamers for India.

  • Bhaskar-DBPur on August 30, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    I Think no more cricketer like Sachin will stand and challenge the form and other tight situations..........

  • cloudmess on August 30, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    I'm amazed at some of these comments, and don't know how they get approved. Please show this man a little more respect, instead of dwelling on his one or two weaknesses (which were far outnumbered by his strengths). He was one of England's most successful captains, a very good batsman in his prime, and a thoroughly decent man. Given the way some people write on here, you'd think they'd have done the job even better... And as for the inevitable Indian fans who are still banging on about the Ashes, and think that winning Down Under is easy, please check the scorecard for the last time your own national team toured there.

  • avmd on August 30, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    I'm sad at Strauss's retirement, think he still had couple of years left in him. Will be very happy the Tendulkar will go, I'm simply sick and tired of watching him.

  • Wozza-CY on August 30, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Strauss was a good cricketer with a good cricket brain who made the most of his ability. More importantly he is a good human being who has always handled himself with dignity, which earned him the respect of his peers, opposition & supporters alike.

  • IdleSpectator on August 30, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    I disagree with all this talk of India being a tough tour. If you look at India's performance against NZ, they have won b'coz NZ is much weaker. Eng can definitely return with the Test Match results level, if not in their favour!

    As for Strauss' sudden retirement, is it b'coz KP will be back and the 'wise men' feel he is a better asset than Strauss?

  • tmp789 on August 30, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Retired just before the India tour so that his record would not be blemished,

  • Sadiqahmed on August 30, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Time for England cricket managers to swallow false pride and take back their best player KP. Country and cricket must take precedence over individual biases and prejudices. Everybody makes mistakes and KP is no exception. This cannot be a reason to side track him from playing.

    Sadiq Ahmed

  • jmcilhinney on August 30, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    It's always a sad day when a long-time servant leaves but I think that the time is right. Strauss was a good batsman but never great and he is apparently past his prime. His captaincy was just what England needed for a while and he has helped to lead them out of the doldrums but I'm not sure he is the captain to lead them forward. If Cook can bring to the Test captaincy what he looks to be bringing to ODIs then I think that he will serve England well. It will be interesting to see what happens with the batting order. I'm sure there's an eye on Root but not just yet. Will they bring in someone older and more experienced to open for the short to medium term or will they move Trott up and bring someone into the middle order? I think that Bell will do better at #3 than lower down but will they want to risk affecting Trott's good run at #3? Tough choices for the selectors.

  • piku_bangali on August 30, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    its not a good news for eng...he is the great captain for eng.. this dicision came very first..

  • jb633 on August 29, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Interesting comments about the starting XI for India. Personally my XI would be: 1. Cook 2. Vince 3. Trott 4. Bairstow 5. Taylor 6. Prior 7. Woakes 8. Tremlett (if fit) 9. Swann 10. Finn 11. Anderson. Obviosuly the team would be stronger if KP was to play but the issue will most probably never be resolved. In India I think we must look at players who play spin well, which is the best argument for Vince and Taylor. In England maybe Root would be a better bet. I envisage a very tough series against India.

  • JB77 on August 29, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    0.4 Smith to Strauss, OUT, 121.9 kph, And there's the hat-trick for Graeme Smith! Strauss' poor form continues and he joins Vaughan and Hussain back in the pavillion...

  • Nerk on August 29, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Bad decision Strauss. I think you had much more to offer English cricket. To be fair, runs and results have gone against him, and I think he made this decision in the 'interest of the team,' believing it was time to move on. I think he made the wrong decision. However, Strauss was a fine cricketer, not brilliant, but without him in charge English cricket would never have achieved all that it has in the last few years. Well done Strauss and good luck.

  • on August 29, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Another captain added to Smith's casualty list

  • on August 29, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    It's AMAZING how people are calling him a legend. As a player and a captain, he NEVER instilled fear in the hearts of the opposition. He is NOT a legend, he is not even great, he was a decent captain who helped England win a few series at home. And of course the famous Ashes wins which the End fans and media will talk about till armageddon. As an Indian, i'm greatly disappointed that he won't be touring this season as he would've been an easy target. Coming here would've dented his average even more, so overall it's a wise decision. Naming Cook as his replacement was obvious. But why not try Prior instead? I mean, isn't it obvious he's your best batsman by far? And he's far more aggressive and energetic than Strauss, Bell, Cook & Trott combined. For me, Prior should be playing all 3 formats and should captain the ODI and T20 sides at least if not the test side. Epic fail by ECB. And i thought BCCI was the worst when it came to team selections

  • hyrclov on August 29, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    interesting development , he is stil good , maybe he can be the england batting coach

  • on August 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    No KP, no contest, England are headed one way and that is down. Strauss knows that better than anybody else.

  • __PK on August 29, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    For the past 25 years, we've seen England captains retiring under pressure, so this is nothing new - except this one has done it when the side is near the best in the world. Not great leadership, really. The example he's set for Cook is to enjoy cricket when you're winning and quit when you're not.

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on August 29, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    Congrats and all the best for the future Andrew. Good lesson for all the subcontinential legends who dont retire at the right time. All the best for te future

  • stumpedlloyd on August 29, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    I was critical of Strauss' reaction to the KP incident, but he led England with honor and he gave us fans two defeats of Australia. Awe. Some! Clearly, he was struggling for form in his last several innings, but that does not belie the fact that when he was on song, he was tremendous. And he gave us England fans lots to cheer about. I hope England finds another solid opener and simply does not go by the next-in-line routine that Andy Flower has seemed to favor occasionally. As for Strauss, England fans (and cricket fans) would do well to wish him all the very best life has to offer. The chap's only in his 30s. I, for one, would love to hear him join Tuffers, Vaughan et al on TMS alongside Aggers, Blowers and Simon Mann. Good luck, Andrew, and may you have a wonderful life after cricket.

  • __PK on August 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and Strauss is now gone!

  • Juiceoftheapple on August 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    A lot of people in England knew in May if the runs didn't flow for Strauss then he'd be calling time after SA series. Losing it and the KP saga just mean't the timing was better. I cant see throwing Root into an away test series is the way forward. Expect batting will be Cook, Trott, Bell, KP, Taylor, Bairstow, Prior. For me the lack of wkts of Anderson after the first 10 overs and in the SA series is an issue. Perhaps a Philander type Onions who threatens the off stump more regularly would be better. Finn surely nailed on and Broad still bowling magic spells. The other worry is Swann, rested now, did I hear he as carrying an injury, looking less effective. Even the Windies tail made runs against us. I think Onions, Finn and Broad may be the way. But no star spinners coming through the ranks, though Tredwell gets better, and Briggs looks solid if not spectacular. And we're still suspect against low flat wikets and spin... Tho we always played 7 bats cus we didnt have the best.

  • drnaveed on August 29, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    it was a timely retirement by strauss in the end, tough tour of india was ahead , he knew that he is not going to win there , and he didn't wanted to spoil his record as a captain any further , as he already had about 6 loses in the recent time in the test matches , so he decided to call it a day. i think , he should have solved his issue with KP before announcing his retirement.

  • on August 29, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Just another observation!!!. Next year England play New Zealand during a period when IPL (INDIA) is reaching its "pay by play" I have reason to believe NZ will be without FIVE 1ST X1 PLAYERS. If so, will this still count as a TEST MATCH between countries or perhaps just a simple 1st class match??. If possible I would like to hear the comments of Derek Pringle of the Daily Telegraph and those of the ECB??. Thank you.

  • the_blue_android on August 29, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Just an other average grade cricketer who would never get into Indian or Oz batting line up being termed as a legend by English media, business as usual...English media should offer classes on hyperbole or being delusional.

  • avmd on August 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    I feel sad, don;t know why, he was not my favorite cricketer, I'm not from England,but liked him due to being a decent guy and good sportsman and events leading to his retirement were not "natural". There has been cricketers whom I admire more due to their cricheting skills, guys like Dravid and Gilchrist, but I din't feel sad on their retirement, but feel bad on Staruss's early declaration. Wish him all the best in his life, cheers.

  • on August 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    this is called esapism rather than heroism..As a captain he should have treated kp in a good way..only thing kp did was he spoke good of IPL.Surely strauss is aware of the decline of the so called englands domination era...Anyway strauss, see u in IPL soon...We welcome u...

  • wrenx on August 29, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @ Bramblefly haha, I think you've been duped by a parody account - one subtle character different there.

  • 12thUmpire on August 29, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Straussy was no particular fan of subcontinental tours. He eschewed a Bangladesh tour altogether, and was well aware of the "stellar" performances of England on such tours. Much like Collingwood, he has accurate judgment on the timing!

  • sifter132 on August 29, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    The quote on the front page says "I have run my race"...exactly WHERE in this article is that quote???? Instead there's a whole lot of waffle. He really DIDN'T say anything interesting after all.

  • KingOwl on August 29, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Good man, Strauss. I have no respect for the ECB people and even less for the English media. But I like Strauss and I respect him - he was a good cricketer but above all, he was a decent man.

  • mark2011 on August 29, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    true gentlman cricketer and player with spirit of sport...real ambassador for crikcket..it seem an end of some era in cricket though as some good player going off the game ... boucher,KP...now strauss... runs,50s or 100s are not what count for him but his TRUE SPIRIT AND SPORTMANSHIP which is not so often can be seen in present day cricket... All the Best for You Mr Strauss!!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @Fallaise, all the attacks bar SA and Pakistan are sub-par are they? How ridiculous. Pakistan's bowling attack doesn't seem to be bothering the Aussies too much at the moment! SA was only good enough to secure a home draw against the Aussies last year in their own backyard. There are some good bowling attacks around now - even WI and NZ. It's probably the batting bar SL that is the problem for most countries including Australia.

  • shazada1 on August 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    He should have stepped down as captain and continue playing as batsmen like ponting is for australia.

    I mean cook had torrid time about 1 year ago and was scoring nothing for 10-15 innings but they did not drop him and he eventually gained his form in Ashes and became man of the series. English players really can't handle stress or pressure at all, look at Trescothick--great talent wasted, Collingnwood--wasted, Michael Yardy--wasted.

  • on August 29, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @Lara4lifeetc England inflate their averages by bashing sub par attacks around? So what, everybody bar SA and Pakistan is sub par? Where's par?

  • Y2SJ on August 29, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Smith claims yet another England captain. Honestly, Strauss was an average player when compared to the other batsmen on his age. I seriously doubt if he was a good captain. A good leader would not have let the KP saga go on like this.

  • cric-maestro on August 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @ CbeCricket : Sir its so nice to see ur comments.. i mean what has sachin tendulkar achieved when compared to ur accomplishments...

  • on August 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    one of the best English captain,a great batsman !!! Good Luck Straussy !!!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 29, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Andrew Strauss has always been gracious in defeat as well as dignified in victory a fine role model the irony is he came into the job after an egotistical event by KP and no doubt the result of his latest one contributed to this decision. Always a team man he probably felt he didn't warrant his place, Joe Root is touted as his replacement opening, I think Trott moving up the order is more likely. Cook has coped well witht he ODI captaincy (last game excluded :) ) I am not sure if he will be more dynamic/pragmatic than the sometimes too conservative AS, time will tell. Nice to see a few kind words of respect from our overseas posters alongside the customary diatribe of ill considered comments not in keeping with the ethos of cricket. The king is dead long live the king

  • on August 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    This year Root has scored about 900 runs in 16 matches. Compton has more than 1300 in 13 matches. As Root is only 21 I think he should play a bit more before being thrown in the deep end. Compton is the best choice unless they move either Bell or Trott to open.

  • cric-maestro on August 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    @Ha8rick : Well done mate ,, ur comment stands out from the rest.. u have got all the time in this world..lol..

  • Lara4life501 on August 29, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @Paul Osborne-Totally agree,just like how they just steam rolled an average England team,at least Australia were able to go away to SA and come away with a 1-1 draw even with there weak batting line up, yet SA can come to England and absolutley dominate them...all ENG batsman suffer from inflated averages by bashing sub par attacks around

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @nix_moviefreak on (August 29 2012, 15:26 PM GMT) Respect to you for your comments there. Seriously I think India start favourites but both sides are in some sort of transition

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @maddy20 on (August 29 2012, 16:35 PM GMT) Same way you got beat 4-0 in the last 2 away series. Please don't choke there

  • on August 29, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    he is great cricketer , underated . he is one of the best opening batsman in the world. sad him leave sri lankan american

  • Ha8rick on August 29, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar will retire when Strauss's son starts playing cricket. Or maybe not.

  • mE_wE on August 29, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Congrats and well done Straussy !!!!! Ironically the 3rd of the English captains to hang up his shoes for Smiths exploits In a lighter vein, i am tempted to profess he might have been saved from being humiliated by India

  • Jishnu.v.v on August 29, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Smith has a knack of forcing English captains into retirement :)

  • vhs123 on August 29, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    The game has lost a graceful and dignified cricketer. This year cricket saw it's two great ambassadors leave the game. Of course, Rahul Dravid being the other.

  • Patrick_ on August 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    With Pietersen very unlikely playing any test, this is a huge blow for England who is to tour India later this year. Strauss has an average of 54.33 and three centuries against India in India. He has the most centuries by any England batsman in India.

  • csr11 on August 29, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    All good things must come to an end.. Strauss will be remembered as someone who was dignified in defeat as well as victory.. without question England will miss Strauss more than KP when they tour India this wintrer..(that is if the selectors don't capitulate).. cook has a long way to go an broad as captain is big joke..

  • chandajee on August 29, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    its little Bit Early.........

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    GOODNESS !!! This is madness. England would have desperately needed him in India. Now they are looking down the barrel. Cook is still new at the job and is relatively young. It's going to be tough for these guys in India, not just from the cricket angle but from all the press/media pressure visiting teams are subject to in India. I feel kind of sorry for Strauss. While he was captain, the ship was sailing at cruise speed and there was some sort of assurance that the destination would be reached soon and safely. He did lead England to back to back Ashes glory and enjoyed a good run of results against many other countries. It's sad to see him go. So what happens now with KP ? Is that issue still up in the air ? This is all getting so dizzy for me and I am an outsider looking in.

  • Barsac on August 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    A good guy and a pretty good captain. Whatever happened in the last 12 months he led an England team to the kind of success that the Atherton team of the 90s could only dream of. Pietersen should count himself privileged to have played under him and with him. English cricket and English sport is poorer tonight.

  • MattyP1979 on August 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Alaways been a fan of Strauss. I personally would of liked to see him stay until after the 2nd Ashes defence. However, out with the old and in with the new. There can be no doubt that he has been struggling for runs for a while now. I wish him luck for the future but look forward to Eng going forward (or backward). Eng are reeling slightly and need to shuffle a few things. This might actually be a blessing in disguise but only time will tell.

  • wifan16 on August 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    As a west indian i respected strauss more than any other english cricketer...great sportsman...good luck in the future!!

  • Pablo123 on August 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Wow Graeme Smith must have a jinx on English captains. 3 tours, 3 captains down....... you could call him a conqueror !

  • alischeme on August 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    its easy for people to criticize captains, but it is a HARD job. I liked this guy. i must say it is a bit too soon. ok he didn't get runs but if he only gave up captaincy, maybe the runs would have started flowing in. i respect how he ''played down'' the kp episode. feel for Cook though. but he'll do ok. guy's young but really mature for an under 30 captain. a PAKISTANI cricket lover.

  • on August 29, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    A real gentleman of the sport, a man who adhered to the etiquette of the game with such daring finesse. Farewell Captain Straussie!!!

  • noplay on August 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    While we are bigging up Mr. Strauss, and he deserves it, I think he was missing two major strengths that Graeme Smith has, the ability to pick oneself up from a bad run to fight again, and boy could Graeme see into the future. In the 2009 Champions Trophy when Strauss refused him a runner, Graeme had this to say: "The thing I've learned in this game is that the world is round and something like this will come back again".

  • Guernica on August 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Really good guy and a good player. Not an all-time great, but he was certainly not mediocre as some say. Averaging over 40 opening the batting is still very respectable, especially playing half of the games in England where many openers struggle. He did look clueless at times against Morkel though, perhaps just not seeing the ball and reacting quick enough, so maybe it was time to go.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on August 29, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    All the best Strauss... He will be remembered as one of the most dignified captain ...

  • Selfishkar on August 29, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Strauss has scored two centuries in the past 12 months, yet had the dignity and honor to bow out when his performance dipped recently. On the other hand, neither of Indian openers Sehwag or Ghambir has crossed the 100 mark in almost 2 years, yet both shameless hang around.

  • LeeHallam on August 29, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Thank you Andrew, you did a fine job. Your departure is in line with dignity and good judgement that you brought to the job. A selfish man, might have hung on to the Ashes, or have gone before the last series, to go out on top, you are not that type of man. I think every England fan would wish you every success in the future.

  • DBajpai on August 29, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    His two centuries in the Chennai test in 2008 were one of the best test batting by an away player. Wonder who will replace him in the opening slot! But he could have at least tried to beat India in India.

  • Ozzbozz on August 29, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan, but Scottish, so I think I'll be slighly more objective than the jaundiced views I've seen from some earlier posts, maybe. Anyway I thought he has been a fine captain and quite deacent player for England over the years but more over I liked that he was never arrogant or ever made any comment out of turn. A phrase quite often repeated by my old History teacher comes to mind "Magnanimous in Victory; Gracious in Defeat" and that really sums Strauss up. Just quite exemplary and something a previous Captain could well have done to learn, but then if enough people tell you that you are better than anyone in the world, you begin to believe your own hype, anyway I digress. Now where I truly mess this post up, my idea for a replacement opener, and don't laugh, is Robert Key, not a better English opener out there. Disgracefully overlooked for too long and still has a few years in him. That last point is serious by the way.

  • TRAM on August 29, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Just last year Strauss played a few good innings against India in Eng. England, a smaller country compared to India, difficult to get upcoming good players, players feel the responsibility and quit if failed in one or two seasons. India where the competition to get a spot in the playing 11 is so much higher, the players on the brink of geezerhood and with many seasons failure wont go by themselves. Why, why, why?

  • balajik1968 on August 29, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Expected considering the way he was struggling for runs. It was'nt just that he did not get good scores; you can always put that down to lack of form. The manner in which he got out was what showed that Strauss was near the end. Now England have a major issue, a good opening pair is important for a successful cricket team. I don't follow the English cricket circuit much, so who steps in for Strauss is something the English team management has to decide on. Anyway I feel that England can do well over the next 3-4 years, because most of the players are in the middle of their prime years. One final thing. Leaving aside all controversy, KP is the real X factor player in the team, so the English management needs to work something out. Equally KP needs to keep his head down.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    it's ok to leave captaincy but it is shock to see he is retiring from all cricket. this is really sad because he was one of the most respectful cricketers of this generation. good career, good captain and a very nice man. great job strauss. you will be remembered as a nice cricketer.

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    please please bring KP back... The ECB need to work on bringing him down to team level

  • ac_Indian on August 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I think he could still have played Test and maybe ODI's, even if he weren't captain. But anyways, good luck to him for the future.

  • Paul.Power on August 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Sad to see him go, he's been a personal favourite ever since he started playing for England. He also has decent stats in India, so one more tour might have done him good (and possibly ratcheted up those last couple of centuries to break the England record). But if he felt it was time, then fair enough.

    (re the South Africa hoodoo: they make our captains resign when they tour here, we make their coaches resign when we tour there. So it evens out ;)).

  • voma on August 29, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    A very stylish left hander , and a brilliant captain . He played in 3 ashes winning series i believe , and last but not least . A true gentleman .

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    The King is dead long live the King. Over to you Mr Cook! Strauss has been a terrific, if unexpected, and successful leader. Now the question should be who is in the frame to open the batting with the new skipper? Step up Mr Root, your time has come.

  • maddy20 on August 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @liz1558 How will England beat India 4-0 when they have won just 1 test in 20 years and have not won a series in 27? You just made me laugh so hard that I almost choked on my food!

  • ProdigyA on August 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Of all the bunch of wannabe's in English cricket till date, the only guy who commands some respect, very professional, humble and down to earth. Cricket is the looser here.

  • 158notout on August 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Well done Straussy, you turned around a team in some style. The humiliation you dished out to India and the turning over of Australia in their backyard will live long in my memory. Throughout you have acted with the dignity and grace that befits an England captain and for that we admire you. I for one think you were terribly hard done by not to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year when twice in the running.

    It is sad to see some of the ignorant comments on here, focusing on all sorts of other subjects - KP, comparisons with x,y and z from India and so on. Why do people feel the need to fill the comments section with rubbish that is totally irrelevant to the article.

    To whoever it was that said England only had one good year in the past 10. Really? I think we were good between 2003 and 2005, 2nd in ranking, that was during Strauss first purple patch. Then we turned bad through 2006-08 but since then have been back on track. Do your research properly.

  • Garp on August 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Lara4life summed it up perfectly! Sure while he was captain w reached #1 and then what happened they all decided to take every single second of off time available, didn't prepare for the last 4 Test series at alland as a result we've lost the #1 ranking and look a shell of the team we saw 13 months ago. Now there resting players left and right because they have it so hard, just an absolute joke!

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    will miss u strauss. You were one of the best players ever.

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    after Nasir Husain & Michael Vaughan.....the 3rd english captain made to retire by Graeme Smith(& still counting????)

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    really a shocking news... he has been one of the most consistent batsmen in modern day cricket... i want him to rethink his decision of retirement...

  • on August 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I am big fan of KP but will still miss AS. You played a memorable innings in recent world cup against India 158 of 145 balls and and Indian loved you so much that they did not appeal when you nicked on 111. Good luck and all the best. Waiting for your autobiography.

  • drsankalp on August 29, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    For change England seem to be chokers against SA and three captain gone after loss to them proves that.

  • lararulez on August 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Sigh! Greame Smith has gobbled up third England Captain in his 3 Tours of England. I was really wishing Strauss should be becoming the First English Captain to lead to 4 Ashes Victories, particularly next year we are having 2 back to back Ashes. Sad to see any sports person retiring. Best of luck Straussy you have made English Cricket Proud.

  • nazmulrana on August 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    all the bangladeshi fans will miss him

  • tommytucker on August 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Coming to a cinema near you "The Captain Slayer", featuring Graeme Smith as the slayer and Morkel as his weapon.

    This is tragic news for Morkel, it has to be said.

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Beware Cook... Smith still has a few years of cricket left in him to tour England again !!!!

  • Sinhaya on August 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    What a loss! No doubt a very humble guy indeed. Hope Cook can impress to the maximum. You were no doubt a great batsman to watch Straussy.

  • Badgerofdoom on August 29, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Probably the right time to go and a decent action from a quality cricketer who has always put the needs of his country first. Thanks Andrew!

  • whocareswhowins on August 29, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Andrew Strauss was a true gentleman of the game. He had a massive role to play in England's rise over the last 3-4 years. As an Indian supporter, I cannot but acknowledge Strauss's fortitude, dedication and single-mindedness in forging team spirit and thereby a very strong English cricket team. Just having great individual players does not necessarily make a winning team; it also needs a very good leader. AS was a very good leader, maybe even a great one. This team, I feel, will miss him big time...

  • Kentheavenonearth on August 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    He DEFINITELY did the 'right' thing. But what a poor last year to remember on the field for almost all England players, bar two: KP and YJB. Oh and Matt Prior, excellent again and up there with Knotty and Alec.

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Darren Sammy could follow Strauss's example and leave Test cricket.He is good at the 50 overs and t20 formats.

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    thats a big loss for test cricket...strauss is a gud leader and as well as player...its a great tym 2 saw him in feild...best of luck for future...

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    anderson is ordinary bowler green track bully lolllz

  • Al_Bundy1 on August 29, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Strauss is a man of honor. He saw that he was no longer an asset to his team, so he retired. If only 10dulkar would learn from Strauss. I guess not all cricketers are honorable like Strauss and Dravid. Some cricketers are like Gordon Gekko - Greed is good for them.

  • Randy0Z on August 29, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Beat us fair and square twice. A legend.

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Strauss was a very good test / ODI batsman....... his premature retirement must have some internal cause......... English cricket is going to face some storm... it seems so...........

  • nix_moviefreak on August 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    To all my countrymen who r predicting India will beat Eng by 4-0 or 3-0--> India never wins more than 2 tests in a series let alone the whitewash. Even after d retirement of AS and sacking of KP Eng is pretty good. Their bowling department is better than our aging Zaheer and wayward Umesh. Looking forward to watch a hard fought series. Best wishes to AS for 2nd inning his tips about leading d team will be helpful for Cook.

  • Kudzie1 on August 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    And Smithy has accounted for yet another England captain, how do u live with yourself?

    U will greatly missed Straussy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrPontingToYou on August 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @ liz1558, its hard to see a clear winner between sa and oz, but even if oz won, i can't see that as the reason why smith would retire.

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Lots of Good Cricketers retired this year. Rahul Dravid Laxman Kevin Peterson Strauss They all retired in six month time

  • on August 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    A conservative Captain and player but always seemed to carry himself with dignity! Good luck with the rest of your life Andrew. Go well!

  • CricLook on August 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    A gentleman all the way...a great captain...marvellous band ambassador of the game...Hats off to you...you will be in the heart of all cricket fan ...

  • raghavan88 on August 29, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Smith ends the career of another English Captain.Strauss should have stayed till the end of the India tour.A young Indian team will come hard at the Poms surely.One or two bad series you don't have to step down.Huge slide for England since winning the Ashes and whitewashing India.

  • Joninnorwich on August 29, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Good man Straussy! Thank you for your contribution to England Cricket, for the success (particularly the home and away Ashes victories). England cricket supporters are really proud of you.

  • Unmesh_cric on August 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    There is no doubt that Strauss was one of the better captains and one of the most respected players. It's a bit of surprise that he is calling it a day at the age of 35, which is not a retirement age these days particularly for the batsmen. Good luck to him for his future endeavors!

  • CbeCricket on August 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    One of the best cricketers in the last decade. The best I watched was the one against India in the last world cup. You still have a couple of years left and you can do better than lot of others in the current squad.

    Dravid,Laxman, Strauss all have retired when it was due. God of Indian Cricket will stay on to fulfill personal records.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Retirement phobia going on in International cricket..

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @Hira1 on (August 29 2012, 13:44 PM GMT) Broad , Swann and Anderson aren't the ones sending derogitary texts to South African players. You think that even if Flower also resigned , that would automatically pave the way for KP to come back into the side ? Seriously ? Who in the England camp has openly said they back KP as a person over Strauss or Flower or whoever? Yes KP is a big loss and maybe we'll struggle more than we think but If there was a choice between having Jimmy,Swann,Broad and whoever else KP may have offended in our side or KP then I'd rather have the other core players any day of the week , even if we suffer form wise and become a lesser force. It's to do with having standars and principles

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    A shame some of our posters can't take a leaf out of Strauss's book and actually post something of praise rather than thinking they're clever by saying well done to Smith for making him retire or the tiresomely predictable "wait until you play India" who are now doing brilliantly by beating number 1 contenders New Zealand. Also (genuinely) nice to see some overseas commentors posting the sort of tributes we like to see on here. I'd like to say that despite my criticisms of Strauss's captaincy , he has handled himself and the media and the team with great honour and dignity and as a person who always seems like a thoroughly pleasant man I hope he has a very happy retirement

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @vrn59 ctd - So my 11 for India might look something like this Cook,Trott,Bell,Taylor,Bairstow,Prior,Woakes,Swann,Jimmy,Onions,Monty. I know it looks a bit thin on batting but by the same token when we've had a deep looking batting line up it's often been the case that when the top 4 fail , they all fail. Guys like Bopara and Bres have often come in and added runs to what already is a decent score and of all our bowling all rounder options I'd definitely say Woakes is our best batsman.

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @vrn59 on (August 29 2012, 13:31 PM GMT) I know you're a SA fan and would like to thank you for refraining from any gloating/sniping during/after the series. Cook will obviously be captain but as for the side - I always had Compton as next in line but I like the Vaughan side , both in formation and types of player and while it looks unlikely KP will ever play for England again I do - even in test cricket - wonder if having a freer scoring batting line up might do us some favours. Nick would be a great replacement for Trott or Cook or maybe even Bell but I wonder if we would have too many plodders. Vaughn's side of 2005 had a 5/1/5 formation which I have always preferred and the batsmen (even pre KP) were Tres and Vaughan replaced by Cook and Trott.

  • Toon-Harmy on August 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Nice to see Andrew Strauss conduct his final duty as England captain with all the humility and decorum with which he led the side, even in the face of some quite abysmal questions at today's press conference. Shame in particular on the individual who, in front of an outgoing Strauss, asked Hugh Morris if his departure now made it easier for Kevin Pietersen to shamelessly return to the England fold. Two contrasting TV pictures today told you everything about the respective charcaters of Strauss and Pietersen. The former speaking honestly and eloquently about his decision to step down, the latter silently scurrying for cover at Taunton when asked for a word on the matter...

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 29 2012, 12:24 PM GMT) Hopefully Cook will prove us both wrong re bringing something different to the captaincy.

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (August 29 2012, 11:18 AM GMT) Totally agree. Australia are still right up there and I'd say much of that has to do with Clarke.

  • StatisticsRocks on August 29, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Sad to see him Go. Good luck Mr Strauss in what ever you decide to do with your future. You were a true gentleman and ENG will miss u. Yes u did have a bad run with the bat but I thought you will tour India for one last time before calling it quits. Hats off to you as you took the responsibility for the recent losses on your shoulder and as a great captain and leader rightly bowed out. Some of us Indians should learn from him.

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    I hope Vinny Codrington and Gus Fraser get their backsides in gear and offer him something in the set-up at Middlesex. It's a shame that he can't spend one more season at Lord's with the three seaxes on his whites (and colours).

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on August 29, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Strauss was a very elegant batsman to watch. Effortlessly playing his shots. An astute captain and a cool guy under pressure. His slip catching is one of the best in the game. Having Said that, Future england captains should beware of Greame Smith.. its the third England Captain he has taken out single handedly.. :)

  • MianMoosa on August 29, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    i admire strauss abilities & skills always..... but at this point he left england team in crisis ,,,,, KP issue still solve.... alastair cook is still learning leadership tactics...it would have been a lot better that strauss continues for couple of years.... but no,,,, he enjoy great england time... and now when english team really need him he run away from the scene... thats poor from strauss....

  • arkamri on August 29, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    very very good wishes for u Strauss... But ur retirement has proven that Smith always causes and English Captain to retire and English Cricket is nothing without Pieterson... !!!

  • Herath-UK on August 29, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    He has done a great job by bringing the No one ranking to England,no other captain in recent years dreamt of.He was quite positive in Sri Lanka when his captaincy was criticised therefore it was Kevin's saga that broke camel's back. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Now the English media have one more reason to Pin down KP which might have transpired Strauss to Resign. And then we have the ipl surely Andrew has his eyes on it and Pune Warriors would really would love to have him surely....

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Smith the destroyer!!! 3 tours, 3 captains retire.....Cook has to be careful, if Smith is still captain of SA by the time of the next tour, Cook might have to retire too

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Another good deed from the best caption. I think he have opened the window for KP.......................

  • 12thUmpire on August 29, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Best Straussy can offer England under the given circumstances, open the way for youngsters when the use-by date has past. Smithy bags a ha-ttrick of England captains. A fossil watching these events from afar will of course pay no heed! Why? A few more runs / centuries left in home-series or weaker attacks away, will add to personal records at the expense of future of a team and a nation needing infusion of new blood!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @Deepak Ravindar - Good observation indeed !

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 29, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Great character! A good human being too.A magnificent cricketer and a great captain of England.Good bye Mr.Strauss.Wish you good luck for the future. -Sri Lankan fan-

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I bet if his average was 45 he would not have retired. He knows full well that he's a spent force against good attacks and doesn't was the "nearly good" average of 38-39 which dooms batsmen to batting foot notes. That in my opinion is most likely why he retired so suddenly.

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    It's a shame we won't get to watch the South Africans play a decent test team for a few years - they will steam-roll Austrailia, New Zealand, Pakistan and India.

  • pvwadekar on August 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Good player and very good captain. The captain that England needed after Ashes 2005 -- Flintoff was never captaincy material. Even though his form was bad, always thought that he would quit after the Ashes 2013 - his swan song. He has put the teams priorities before his own and that is a great thing to do. Couldn't have timed his retirement better -- people will be saying "why" instead of "why not".. Hope that he will have a great future as an administrator in cricket.

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Surprised a bit. A very nice fella. His terrific chase against India in the WC is still vivid in memory. Love you Strauss. Cricket lovers will miss you. Seems he sets his own standard - one bad season, he has hung his boot.

  • Wallaroo on August 29, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Well done Strauss, smart move. I'm sure you'll be missed by a lot of English fans and your team mates.

  • jpeacock158 on August 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Strauss is a legend hands down!! The one thing us England fans love, is beating the Aussies, which he's done twice! Yes his batting deteriorated, but his captaincy was clearly good whatever the pundits say, otherwsie we wouldn't have got to no1, like any great skiper, he clearly put the team first, which shows by him standing down now, so that Cook can formulate plans with Flower. The only further question is, who will Cook's new opening partner be? Carberry? Move Trott up? Hales is too inconsistent and Root is probably a bit young. We have loads of talented middle order players but not many openers!! I wish Tresco could be made available for home series only, wouldn't alter the team hugely if you go on the current merry-go-round between KP, Bopara, Bairstow and Taylor!!

  • dork29 on August 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    That is dignity for you. Taking moral responsibility and stepping down bespeaks of tremendous character and strength of mind. Very few Indians really display these sterling qualities. Two of the few are Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. They quit after the twin debacle of Engaland and Australia. Someone who obviously does not belong to othis elite bunch is tendulkar. Yes, he does not deserve a capital T. The guy is supposed to be the best batsman of his time. But failed miserably in England and Australia ( at least Dravid was superb in England with three hundreds). tendulkar, far from taking moral responsibility has the temerity to say that he is at the peak of his powers!!! Peak of his powers? Scoring a 100 in Bangladesh and being instrumental in losing India the match? Unfortunately the BCCI also keeps toeing his line instead of summarily dropping him. He now runs for the parliament too. It is high time we blooded a youngster in his place? How about Unmukt Chand? Brilliant talent!

  • Venki_indian on August 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Does this guy deserve 100 tests?

  • Herbet on August 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I'm gutted. Strauss is an excellent player, don't let his stats fool you into thinking he was average. Never have England had a cooler and less ruffled opening partnership than Strauss/Trescothick, or top 3 if you consider Vaughan as well. I can't quite put my finger on what I liked so much about Strauss, I think it was just that coolness. If I remember correctly his 2 centuries in the 2005 ashes was the most by any player on either side, in what was the most fiercely competed, high tension series of all time. Nothing says more than that. He also had an old fashioned, cool dignity about his captaining which helped England a lot over the last couple of years. It would be a shame if a balloon head like Pietersen had soured his last few months and forced him to want out. The recent success of England may take a while to recover as we are likely to have a very young, inexperienced batting order for the next couple of years - Cook, Root, Trott, Bell, Taylor, Bairstow in all probability.

  • Venki_indian on August 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    now ppl will say England side in rebuilding state after KP and Strauss exit..india rebuilding, Australia rebuilding, SL still rebuilding from last 3 yrs..OMG

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    When will Sachin retire???

  • V.Jammy on August 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Straussy for the job of COMMENTATOR in T20I World Cup! He would love to team-up with KP again!! And next year he can play full season of IPL also along with KP!!

  • serious-am-i on August 29, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @liz1558: So u mean we should not be bothered about your hilarious statement. Yeah sure why not. May be Eng need to play against Gujarat or some Indian Ranji side if they want at least a 2-0 win forget about 4-0. Remember my words, if Eng manages to win a single test in India trust me you will get a nightmare spinning track in your very next test match. We all know how good Eng are in playing spinners. We have seen it time and time again, so do not complain about non-sporting pitch, it will be as similar to green wickets which u produce in Eng. About your point of India not taking test cricket serious, that's true, its been the case for very long, even before IPL. Its just the Fab5 produced good results which hid this fact.

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    As much as I like him as a player @jb633 Vince can't even get in his county side at the moment. It seems Joe Root is the media's favourite. It will be tough getting a side together for India but a younger opener is a good idea given the relatively soft challenge of new ball in India then NZ back to back. Hopefully by the time the Ashes comes along we'll have a player with 9 Tests behind them.

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Great player! Great leader! and a Great guy!, but I wonder who's going to be the next opening partner for Cook in Tests? a lot of Cricketers well the good and experienced ones are retiring now which is a real shame but life moves on and wish Andrew Strauss all the best in life and the good services he has done for England.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 29, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    SO SMITH FINISHED THE CAREER OF ANOTHER ENGLISH CAPTAIN .

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Smith has ended another of england captains career!!!

  • woodhaven on August 29, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    When indian players will learn from him when to retire? Tendul, shehwag watch him and learn. He is 35 and retired, tendul should follow him soon

  • on August 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    was a decent batsman ... great captain, nice bloke :) met him during the english tour of Wi when he made a ton at providence ... sad day for cricket

  • Theredbaron on August 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Graeme Smith has done it again, Hussain, Vaughn, Strauss, lets hope there are no more test series against SA soon otherwise Cook could be biffs next victim.

  • whoster on August 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Straussy has been a superb player and captain for England, and he's got the timing just right. He has been struggling with the bat in recent times, and this decision will stop the whispers about his right to be in the team. As a skipper, he was a brilliant motivator, and he was well-respected and liked by everyone in the England set-up (with one possible exception)! This is the start of a new era for English cricket, and I think the time is right for Cook to take the reigns. Straussy has had a fabulous career, overseeing consecutive Ashes victories and a white wash over India to become no.1. It's going to be tough to find a replacement opener, but Strauss has done a fantastic job for us, and I'm sure the whole cricket world will wish him well in future.

  • nattuz on August 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    with strauss and cook opening they had a pretty decent chance against india and now with kp also out of the picture......!! for sure broad and few others will sustain miracle injuries before the indian tour and drop out. welcome to india!!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    ohh!!! gr8 decision to retire frm intl cricket,,,

  • torsha on August 29, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    This is sad to see him go. He always reminds me of MSD in nature as calm and very compose on field. It will be challenge for Cook in next Ashes now. Congratulations on wonderful career Strauss.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    "England expects every man will do his duty" said Lord (Horatio) Nelson at the commencement of the Battle of Trafalgar. Andrew Strauss fulfilled those expectations by winning the Ashes, home and away, and taking the team to the #1 rank in Test cricket. What more can you ask of an English Test player? He may not have been the most inspirational or flashy captain the media wd have liked but I guess he was a players' skipper alright.

    Let us wish him well for his future.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    we ll miss u strauss...have a good time with family

  • supacodger on August 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    What a loss for English cricket. Wish we could twist his arm and have him back for the Ashes series. However, good luck to Cook. Let's hope he doesn't have to suffer Pietersen in his team - KP has burned his boats and can go to the IPL.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    There's a backlash against Anderson? Really? Why would you want him to retire? 276 test wickets! People seem to think they know what goes on in the dressing room, when they don't. Strauss has been a very good batsman, a key member in the 2005 Ashes side and the right man to lead England in a golden patch that may have just ended slightly too soon in the UAE.

    I and many other observers felt that if this series did not go well for Strauss in terms of results and with the bat then he may give up cricket entirely, he has a young family and I couldnt see him being the kind of player to turn out for Middlesex for a few more years. He has been a player to score runs on the big occasions. His only weaknesses as I see it are occasionally letting the side go a little flat as a captain and as a batsman, I feel he got out when set too often to the sweep and the hook. When all is said and done, Strauss will go down as one of the key players in England's resurgence in the 2000's. Well played sir.

  • getsetgopk on August 29, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    that there is life, in a nutshell, people come people go, all good things must come to an end, i was driving while i heard the post match presentation on radio of the 2nd test in UAE where strauss said it was one of my most painful losses and though i was initially happy pak has won the series i really felt very sad for the guy, and I wanted to tell him to just let it go man just a stupid game of cricket lol a very nice and humble guy never seen him complain about anything, he's seen england to the no 1 test ranking, i would say by far the most successful of england captains, its been a pleasure seeing you play the great game. wishing you all the best, you will be missed indeed.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    It is a sad for English cricket. His commitment and loyalty to the game is commendable in a time where money has become the driving force for many. For me Andrew Strauss is right up there with all the all time greats of English Cricket.

  • jb633 on August 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    As an opening batsman I would personally go with Vince. I think he is the best young player of spin bowling in the country and seems to cope well with the moving ball too. In many ways openining the batting is probably the easiest place to bat in Asia as the pace comes onto the ball. I am not sure about captaincy, I feel Cook is a little robotic and not sure how good he is going to be tactically. I really hope that England go with an opening bat who is aggressive against the spinners, as in India we have to try and get on top of them early.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Everytime Smith tours England, he ends the career of a captain; Nasser,Vaughan and now Strauss !!!!!

  • soumyas on August 29, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    all the best for your future Andrew, u were a gentleman cricketer. i still remember 2011 world cup innings of your's which ended in tie vs india. By loosing You and KP england will be in deep trouble. Only trott cann't win matches.

  • Lara4life501 on August 29, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @Frontfootlunge-what garbage,so he captained a side to beat the poorest Australian eleven for 25 years...and what has Strauss and England done since then in test cricket...NOTHING!!! Australia were number 1 team for 13 years, England the number 1 team for 13 months, says it all really

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    This was a huge surprise. He was out of form but this seems a little drastic. Then again this isn't the subcontinent and things work quite differently in these western countries. I always thought Strauss was a superb character, very professional in his conduct and very much from a bygone era of cricket. He'll be missed but I think he'll have a good career in the game in administration or as an analyst of some sort. I wish him all the best!

  • ganirules on August 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @ Dilruksh why should Sachin Retire???. Strauss decision to retire just after one series loss means that he dont have the will power to fight, sports is not all about winning its also about how you react and take up the loss, STRAUSS never can be like that, SACHIN WILL PLAY UNTIL 45, how many people here will be able to run 100 meters @ the age of 35 dare me no one can,

    Thats sachin GOD of Cricket

  • Hira1 on August 29, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @JG2704 its inevitable strauss had to resign, if not now then after the india series, no matter how many voices we hear on that England is able to cope without KP every one knows its never going to happen.......In my opinion if Strauss was a good captain the situation would not have risen to this point, some how every one has to take the blame for this situation and if KP is no bigger than the game than I am sure neither broad, swann and anderson are so they need to correct their attitude as well

  • SuperSaj on August 29, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    hahhah..Straussy is a clever chap. After 6 losses in 11 games this year. Two series losses and 1 barely salvaged draw, prospect of a 3 or 4-0 hammering in India did not seem to enticing for him

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    All the very best andrew for your future assignments and best of luck Cook for India tour....

  • couchpundit on August 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Sachin Please LEARN from a Gentleman, Dhoni you can atleast step down as captain of Test Side.

  • KingJulian on August 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Now I know and Understand why Graeme Smith will remain a Legend in years to come...Otherwise it was good having a cricketer like you, I remember your debut tour in South Africa, super performance from you, the game will definitely miss you>>>

  • sirfali on August 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I think it could have been better if Strauss had resigned after India's series if there is not link with KP issue. Definitely it will be very hard for England to perform well in India and it would be very unfair for a new captain to start a series in India and lose the series and lose the confidence as well. If Strauss had resigned after India's series, Cook could have started with more confidence in next series.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Smith takes 3 England captains !!!

  • couchpundit on August 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Clever decision(also nail in KP's Career COFFIN)...He knows England has run it course as better Test Side and he doesnt want to be at helm of affairs when teams are even for coming Ashes.

    As goes for every English Captain...He wants to be remembered as Ashes Winning captain and not the loosing one.

    Without KP he knows England can not do much, this effectively says KP will never play for England again.

  • ben.p. on August 29, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Well done, Straussy! Your timing is exactly right, and you've shown both sound character and good judgment in going now. The only pity is you weren't captain for longer. You should have led the side in the 2006-07 defence of the Ashes rather than Andrew Flintoff. ( Fast bowlers rarely, if ever, make effective captains. ) I daresay England would still have lost the series, but I do not think it would have been the utter disaster it was if you had been at the helm. Your name will be synonymous with one of the most successful periods in recent English cricket history.

  • Flash_hard27 on August 29, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    To all the ridiculous haters with such short memories...When England needed a calm head, Strauss invariably provided it. On the first day of the final Ashes Test in 2005, Strauss made a century. He had more champagne moments than you might think: a hundred on debut, four Ashes centuries, two in one Test in Chennai in 2008, a staggering catch to dismiss Adam Gilchrist in 2005, a huge hundred against India in the last World Cup and five man-of-the-series awards in Tests (an England record he shares with Graham Gooch). Please think before you type, it come to something when a post RandyOZ is sensible.

  • vrn59 on August 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Farewell to Andrew Strauss: a true gentleman! English cricket will miss him more than most people think. The selectors will now need to reorganise the squad and will most importantly need to find a new opening partner for Cook. Some would say that Trott could be promoted up the order, but that would leave a gaping hole at No. 3. Nick Compton seems to be the simplest choice, but his age goes against him; maybe a youngster like Joe Root could be tried out. However, the workload for the English team for the next 18 months calls for a more experienced player at the top of the order, so I'd go for Compton. Pietersen may wreak of arrogance but he is undeniably one of the world's best batsmen and should be brought back quickly. Bairstow has now earned an extended run at No. 6, though I'd still keep Morgan and Bopara in the fray. Taylor is still too young, though I'd try him out in ODIs. My ENG XI: Compton, Cook (C), Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior (wk), Broad, Swann, Anderson, Finn.

  • jango_moh on August 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    as an indian fan, i have only good things to say about strauss... very hard working cricketer who played within his limitations and succeeded.. Respect!!!!

  • cricketkumar on August 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    He is a lovable character. I am a bit surprised at his announcement. I thought he would relinquish the captaincy. By the time Cooks retires, he will have scored the most no of centuries for England (he needs just 3 more), most no of runs for his country (he could finish around 40 centuries and 12000 runs) and he will have captained England in most no of tests.

  • CricketMaan on August 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Congrats on a wonderful career. I still remember your debut innings and back to back 100s in Chennai. Its not easy for Cook to get a reliable partner and that too ahead of India series. We've seen Dravid, Boucher, VVS and now Strauss all leaving the game, so here is my list of big names that will follow may be in the next 1-2 years...(in no particular order)..MSD, SRT, ZAK from India, RICKY, M HUSS from Aus, SWANN from Eng, KALLIS from SA, MISBAH, YOUNIS from Pak, SANGA, MJ from SL, CHANDERS from WI.

  • hst84 on August 29, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    right decision from strauss as he his run scoring ability had dried out..an avg of 41 for an opener in test match cricket was below average. As far as being a captain, he was good as he managed to keep the team strong and united.

  • yaa_right on August 29, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Is this an year of retirements or what?? dravid, pietersen(limited overs), boucher, taibu, laxman, strauss..... tendulkar under pressure? :)

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ madras_boy: think very carefully before you speak. New Zealand are a very poor test side and are making you look much better than you think. England may be weakened but expect a much tougher fight and i reckon you may be suprised.

  • bigwonder on August 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @AlexPalmer90, without KP and Strauss, you are in fact day dreaming that England even has a chance. Your facts are all messed-up (as expected from an England fan). Laxman did not retire after England series last year. He just retired in last two weeks. @Ted Osborne, Not sure why an Oz fan is jumping up and down when his own team has poor record in India. All the best to Strauss, he has had a good cricketing career. I really admired his fighting spirit during recent World-cup in India where he alone fought hard but India finally got the match to tie.

  • Bradshaw28 on August 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Naser Hussain, Michael Vaughn now Strauss the man who scored 3 100s in SA and finised with an English man of the series with 625 runs or more. Hope SA never play England again

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    On behalf of the Israel Cricket Association I would like to thank Andrew for the wonderful example he gave as to the way cricket should be played He was a true gentleman on and off the field and English cricket will certainly miss him We all wish him good luck in the future.Maybe he can join Gower Botham Nasser and Bumble in the Sky TV team Stanley Perlman

  • The_other_side on August 29, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Strauss was a very noncontroversial character and a very good cricketer. Very very dignified indeed... Laxman a fortnight back and Strauss now... goes to show there are some good characters still around. Some of Indian cricketers can learn a lot from these episodes. I am not saying SR Tendulkar should retire and all that.... but if he does not score consistently in the home series, he should consider the retirement too. All good things come to an end.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Graeme Smith 3 England captains...a big fat ZERO!!!!!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Straussy was a great leader and the victories against the Aussies are the testimony of his leadership superb skilll..............We will miss him

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Gentle and Polite player of the game..I would love to see Andrew in coaching role in near future.. He should get his coaching basic skill sharpened.. Try couple of league teams and than jump into the international arena.. He can be a good coach as he has been a successful captain and good reader of the game.. And he loves to keep doing his job against all odds and not come in the limelight.. I would not be surprised if he turns out to be successful coach as John Wright or Gary Kirsten or Tom Moody..

  • Aaryabhatta on August 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Strauss retirement..bad news for Zaheer khan....

  • edgie on August 29, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    The absolute right time to retire (well, not becasue it gives ol biff his third Enlgish captain's scalp), but because if Strauss had to travel to India, I think that would have tarnished his stellar career as I feel England will struggle there, with or without Strauss. His exploits in winning back the ashes is legendary, and has help mould a winning English team. However his form has not been good for a while now, and when your captaincy can no longer cover your batting faults (England's rather embarassingly defeat to the Proteas), it is time to give others a chance, adn there is nothing selfish about what he has done, infact one could could say it was selfless, as he could have continued playing tests without being the captain. Good Luck with the future Andrew, at least the KP issue is no longer your problem ... but Cooks...

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Wishing Andrew Strauss all the best for his future. He was a truly great player and well respected.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Well had to happen sooner than later. His batting stats in the recent times (excluding centuries against WI) weren't upto the mark. Defiantly was a better batsman than captain.His loyalty to play for his nation sidelining the glam and the riches of the IPL needs to be appreciated.A genuine and a humble person who always put country ahead of himself.Will be defiantly missed by cricket fans across the world.

  • kitten on August 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Apart from what happened in this SA series, Strauss was a remarkable captain, who guided his team well, and took them to new heights. He can hold his head high at having achieved the summit, top of the test rankings. He was well liked by all his team mates, and was liked and respected by all opponents. A thorough gentleman, on and off the field. Andrew Strauss, you are a shining example to all youngsters, and I thank you for the wonderful memories. Finally, I would like to wish you and your family all the very best of good health and lots of happiness in the future.

  • madras_boy on August 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Good move by strauss considering their tour of India where they are sure to be white washed ! Neverthless, I always admired his captaincy. Will be hard for ECB to get a good captain like him. Best of luck to Strauss for his future. A commentator / umpire / referee / coach ????

  • keptalittlelow on August 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    A gentelman cricketer and a true gentelman skipper,we will miss you, best of luck whatever you do Andrew Strauss.

  • Dilruksh on August 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    sachin tendulkar are u seeing this????its time that u too too retire from all forms of cricket..come on take the great murali's lara's step to retire at the correct time and give the chance to others

  • Stanmclean on August 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Strauss was a key factor in England's success and hammering of India recently. Not sure about the reason, but it's sad to see him go. Also, Indians can undermine Strauss all they want, but he is still thousand times better than most Indian batsman's', who can only score on flat pitches in Delhi and Mumbai. Good luck to Cook.

  • liz1558 on August 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    To the posters bothered by the 3-1 scoreline prediction. You've convinced me. I have made a profound over-estimation: India will not win a single Test: 4-0.

  • sust2001 on August 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Now it is matter of time to see the retirement of Andy Flower from the head-coach position and to see KP's performance in the international cricket again!

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I think is he is a afraid of facing the KP issue head on. He should have stayed and dealt with KP rather than walk away it will seen he is afraid of KP

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    wat is happening??? sad news !!!!!! You are a Gentle man!!!

  • featurewriter on August 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Century on debut at Lords. What a way to start your international Test career. A true gentleman and an excellent ambassador for the game. I still think he had another three years left in him. His leadership will be missed. As for those questioning his recent form - how quickly we forget that the guy scored two hundreds in three tests immediately prior to the SA series. (And a first-class hundred in between.) Cook will be an excellent long-term option; but Strauss will still be missed.

  • Wiffy on August 29, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Very good decision Straussy. Would you like some company in retirement? How about inviting Flower, Broad and Anderson to join you!

    Many thanks.

  • on August 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Why Andrew Why...very disappointing news I am not an England supporter but Strauss had at least a few years of cricket in him still, England hve shot thmselves in the foot here, thy will get whacked again on India tour, Strauss hs a rethink because England need him more then he needs them

  • Haleos on August 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @ Aryan Ahmad - IPL has helped lot of traditional cricketers to open up and play freely. Look at Kallis. What are you moaning about. Is it because ur players are missing out. They are earning their worth in BCL and SPCL.

  • t20-2007 on August 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Goodbye straussy!! Was a good captain till the ashes....n aftr that things went downhill

  • Haleos on August 29, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Hats off to you Andrew for taking such a tough decision at only 35. Shows a mans selflessness. Wish some Indian cricketers had done that and not carried on playing with loss of form, fitness and drive. Good luck with ur future.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Wow, didn't see that coming. I worried about his form and that we'd be carrying him through the Ashes but I didn't know he was planning to quit before the India tour. Nevertheless, I have great respect for the man. He is a fine batsman and a fine captain, and its a shame that Middlesex fans won't get to see him for a couple more seasons.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    I can't help but feel this is a mistake from the ECB/Strauss. Looks like England will be looking for 3 new batsmen now, with only Cook, Trott and Bell settled in the team. England look pretty vulnerable now as compared to "Fortress England" from the start of the season. South Africa too will take a big mental edge from this.

  • Nutcutlet on August 29, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Strauss has always come across as a thoroughly decent man. At his best he was a pugnacious bat with massive powers of concentration, but it is as an outstandingly successful captain we'll remember him. The position of England's cricket captain has always been a searching test of a man's character - probably the most arduous in team sport (football & rugby captains obviously do not have the executive power & direct influence on how the game is conducted that the cricket captain has). The captain has to be the public face of the game home and more especially abroad where his diplomatic skills are scrutinised. He needs to maintain his own form to justify his place within the team; set an example which inspires the others in the field (and Strauss has been amongst the best of modern slip fielders); work well with coaching staff; deal with personal issues that impinge on the smooth running of the team, etc, etc.Well done, Andrew! Job very well done. We've been proud of you. Enjoy yr future.

  • ChrisCl on August 29, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Goodbye Andrew Strauss and thanks. One of England's greatest captains who presided over back to back Ashes wins and England's rise to the No.1 Test side in the world from a position of mediocrity. He will be remembered as one of the most honest and gentlemanly players. A great England captain and a great man. Best wishes for the future Straussy.

  • CricketPissek on August 29, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    He's someone who made a LOT of ppl put their hand up and say 'i got it wrong' when many, including I, didn't think he would make a very good captain. he kept his integrity throughout his career, made vital runs on many occasions (a tally of 21 test hundreds is not something to take lightly), and most of all, kept his cool and stature when all sorts of ridiculous things were happening around him. English cricket will miss him. True cricket fans around the world will miss him. Thank you for the 100 Tests

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    His greatest tribute would be if KP Pietersen never ever played for ENgland again. As a proud South African I hope that England never stops so low as to pick KP ever again. It is bad enough that we may have to be subjected to more than two words from him during the T20 world cup

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Like Thorpe, retiring leaving after 100 tests

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I wish Ponting had this type of integrity.

  • Selassie-I on August 29, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Well played Straussy, a role model for all. With our 2 most senior batsmen, and skip out of the team now we certainly need to rebuild a bit. India in a very much similar position so series should be good.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar r u watching?This is called bowing out gracefully.Congrats Andrew on a fantastic career. Especially beating the Aussies!Apart from that I can only echo the statements of previous posters-especially dhabhand.

  • AlexPalmer90 on August 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Only Indian fann take pride over a team, which has lost more than 15 matches on the trot. India and Indian batsman's have the worst record overseas and we showed India it's place during the recent series. In fact, Dravid and Laxman had to retire after suffering humiliation. As for India beating England, we will discuss it when you actually do it. Until than keep day dreaming. haha.

  • Faizi83 on August 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    this is very sad for the test cricket. Strauss is one of the best test captain and the openers as well. but he might see the future that is there is tour of india in near future where his team might struggl but after his retirement where the KP saga gone.

  • liz1558 on August 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @coolindianfan - true, but the Australian Invincibles played a very good India side - this lot are there for the taking. 3-1. It's the shock that Indian cricket needs after binging on IPL for too long. Not against IPL - love it - but India needs to take Test cricket seriously.

  • ali00 on August 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Best of Luck Andrew Strauss for future and we will miss you. You have been such a great captain for England Since Michael Vaughan. Good Luck Strauss again.

  • Hira1 on August 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Great decision I admire Strauss now, he knows there is no way in between....KP is in his prime form and there is no way he can be out of the team so one has to go and its better Strauss......

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @kevnssuresh. The joke is on you guys, because despite losing series in England and Australia, you are delusion enough to think India will win. Yea, India has a chance if they prepare flat tracks but as an Australian, I will still bet on poms to beat Indians. We saw how poorly Indians played over here in Australia. Most of your players are average at best. The poms just need to pick more spinners on the tour.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    ECB decides finally to not bring back KP. with Strauss retired now what is the need for the KP and Strauss meeting... trust issues can be there for ever and so too KP on the sidelines.. shame on ECB

  • KarachiKid on August 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    A great captain, quality opening batsman and a true ambassador of the game. I, as a Pakistan, have a great dea of respect for Andrew Strauss - even though he was at the helm when England twice thrashed Pakistan in 2006 and then again in 2010. All the best.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on August 29, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Strauss.... However, not to underestimate your achievements, i would like to write down saying...those two ashes wins came just when Aussies were left stranded with their legends started retiring or just retired...As far as No.1 test ranking comes, a year of No.1 doesn't justify that England cricket has done well under the captaincy..never won a series in Asia..humiliating defeat at Abu..followed by SA beating at your home...need to go longggggggg way England Cricket.

  • praveen4honestremark on August 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Strauss i liked your play and also your character to lead team from front. Thank you for all the memories. Can Rajesh stats come up with stats to let us know that, is it "Biggest Year of Retirements"?? So many players i loved for their passion towards game and team have left in this year. Lee, Dravid, VVS and Strauss, any more to come?? It is not even December of 2012.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Totally surprised but that is men of HONOUR are made of. One defeat and he left, there are many with more than 10 defetas and still there. Very honourable and dignified. My salutes.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Who will open with Cook now? ANy thoughts?

    Such a shame that he's felt he's had to move on. An excellent leader of men and a man of principles and integrity. Good luck in your retirement - English cricket will be worse off without you.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Brilliant captain - mediocre player

  • RandyOZ on August 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Graeme Smith's stature continues, another English captain put to the sword. The only reason he was in the team was because of the lack of talent, but well done Styrauss you made the most of the limited talent and resources you had.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Strauss - the man who vanquished Australia, historically started the infamous slide of Australia down the cricketing rankings through his Ashes wins, and chewed and then spat out the career of Ricky Ponting, whom he out-captained and out-skilled his way to victory. The exact same goes with MS Dhoni of India, whom he whitewashed into humiliation in the most exciting test series the world had seen since 2005. India's famous slide was started by Strauss too, taking a team full of 'batting superstars' and crushing them into an historic whitewash. Thanks for the diligent way you captained England Straussy, you've left many a vanquished opponent in your wake.

  • Biggus on August 29, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I dips me lid to ya! Respect from the old enemy, Strauss was a fine opponent and good bloke. I consider Strauss to have been a major reason for England's recent upsurge in fortunes, we Australians have never had any problem seeing his worth beyond his stats. I'm surprised that it's even in question.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Class player and a classy Captain!! hats off to Strauss.

  • dsig3 on August 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Really liked Strauss, but Vaughan was a far better captain. Strauss contributed to creating a really good team that had alot of success for a short period of time. I believe he commanded alot of respect for his character alone which allowed him to tame some fairly strong personalities. KP, Swann, Jimmy, Broad are going to cause headaches for Cook. Englands self destruction has been quite amazing to watch unfold over the last few months.

  • 777aditya on August 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    This is almost as much as a shocker as VVS' decision earlier. So, why is this shocking? Both guys are 35 plus, right? It is their irreplaceable value to their respective teams that makes these decisions an emotional topic. Strauss will be well remembered for being level headed, a fine southpaw, and The Man in charge in a team of boys! Well played Andrew Strauss!

  • serious-am-i on August 29, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @ liz1558: I doubt if Eng is going to win at least 1 match in India and u r predicting 3-1 in the dust bowls. LOL mate, may be u forgot ur performance against Pak in UAE, expect a similar one but not a whitewash from India for sure. If ENG can get away with 1-0 loss that will be equal to a serious victory for them. You are playing in India and not in Eng remember that. Your swing bowlers are going to be useless, in India it swings for the first hour and last half hour in the day, its not ENG where u get swing through out the day. Ind are kings at their home, not lost a single test series in over 7 years so make proper sense before you make such an hilarious comment.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    A very good player and a captain who despite being defensive,had the goods in him to keep the team together along with Andy Flower. A great servant of English Cricket who kept himself away from all the controversies. 20 Test centuries shows his talent with the bat. Wish him luck for the rest of his life-2nd innings of his life as I would call it.

    And just an advice for the rest of my Indian friends-That please comment on the topic rather than always defending India and talking about the series to come. I'm also a passionate cricket lover who supports India as I should but I speak what is true and not just start fighting with the English,Australian,Pakistanis,Lankans. All these teams are good with problems in each one of them just like India. Give space to those who deserve it on a particular article. This ones about Strauss,not India vs England revenge series as they call it.

    Abhinav Passionate Cricket Supporter[INDIAN]

  • MunafAhmed811 on August 29, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Why did he retire after a series loss only. His record is good otherwise

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    He was a class act, sad to see him go in this way......

  • RandyOZ on August 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Graeme Smith has now ended a third successive English captain's career. At least England now can start rebuilding, rather than continually making excuses for Strauss.

  • Charlie101 on August 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    I feel that Andrew Strauss still had plenty to offer and should have retired after the Ashes series. None of the England team with the exception of Prior and 1 innings from KP batted particually well against a very good SA attack and Strauss has retired early. I blame the constant harping of the press.

    @Monkeymommo if Clarke had Hussey and another 9 good players to select we could see if he was a good captain or not !!!

  • raahi007 on August 29, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    he was a true gentelman of cricket....GOD BLESS U in ur future..andrew wish u all the luck in the future..

  • vivek.kalra on August 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Goodbye Strauss....England will definitely miss your leadership

  • Raju80 on August 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    All the best........................

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I'm quite surprised and disappointed Strauss has retired from all cricket. Stepping down from captaincy sure, but saw/hoped for a few more fruitful years in the test team as an experienced batsman. Where does this leave England's test team now? Who will take the opening slot? Captain Cook dishing out the orders now. I agree with JG2704 about Cook... nice guy, but I just can't see him bringing anything new/exciting and find him rather metronomic. Oh well, thanks and good luck Strauss.

  • DataQue on August 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Another one bites the dust.... ECB is to be blamed for this... KP should be brought back at all costs!!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Graeme smith, You beauty. Another English captain bites the dust after SA tour. As for strauss, all the best to the future and he is one reason for England doing well since the last 3 years or so.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Great Cricketer.................................................

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    He won two ashes series as England captain and scored 4 test hundreds against Australia - including against Warne and Mcgrath. In the eyes of us Aussies, those stats speak for themselves. Congratulations to Strauss on a great career - hopefully we might win something now that he's gone!

  • StJohn on August 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Very sorry to see Strauss go, and at only 35 it does seem a bit premature. Mind you, I must say I wish I could've retired at 35!

  • Perplexed on August 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    The English press seems to think that KP is somehow responsible, but judging by the comments placed by my peers it seems that Grame Smith and the results of the series have a lot more to do with Strauss' retirement!

  • Marcio on August 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    If I played 100 tests and captained my country to the #1 position in test cricket I'd call that a damn successful career. Well done Andrew Stauss! Take a bow, and have a nice rest!

  • brusselslion on August 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I think that Strauss has, once again, put the team before himself. He is clearly a decent man. He was an OK Test opening bat and captain. However, since the last Ashes tour, he has struggled with the bat and it was time for him to step down, a fact that he recognised and should be congratulated for acting upon.

    What next? Cook's batting this summer has not been great, although he had been the most consistent bat prior to that. Let's hope the added burden of responsibility does not affect him too much. As for the other opener: 2 choices as I see it. Either go with youth i.e. Root although this might be a bit soon - as it was when Gooch was first introduced - or Carberry; more experienced but also unproven at Test level. However, would be great to see Carberry succeed after all his health problems.

    On no account should Strauss's resignation be an excuse to bring Pieterson back. Probably best bat in the country but comes at too high a price.

  • Noball_Specialist on August 29, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Ahh that's pretty sad. He was under a lot of pressure. But he's been an excellent captain and player. Congratulations Strauss. Hope to see you playing around the world and in county set ups.

  • ansram on August 29, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Good decision. Quit on a high and he has nearly done that.

  • k.mithilesh on August 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Another English Captain's head on Graeme Smith's platter...

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    He was one of my favorite batsmen along with Nathan Astle who did not produce great numbers,I just loved their back foot play something rarely seen in our Indian cricketers.I'll miss him in cricket as would England.

  • Bikashkumarjena9937039837 on August 29, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    the world cricket wii missssssssssss uuuuuuuuuu struass

  • dabhand on August 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    The guy was honest, always gave whatever he could, never went behind anyone's back and treated all equally.

    For those who can manage to have an independent view, guys of his stature, no matter what country they come from, exemplify the difference between those who can and those who wannabee but never could be.

    To those who can only make inane comments - he merits your respect, not your immature jingoistic opinions.

  • on August 29, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    As much as i was shocked to read this headline in a news website,i must add that i have the maximum respect for Mr.Andrew Strauss right now.He wants his team to win the next Ashes and he is quite sure he cant lead the team till then..and his form also needs to be worked on.Instead of trying to stretch his career he has decided to give enough time for another opener and captain to get settled.Take a bow.Although i personally feel Cook may not be the ideal choice especially considering the October Indian tour,Strauss's commitment for English cricket needs to be applauded.Also surprised to not see many posts expressing surprise over the decision--was this expected in England?also a certain Mr Tendulkar ----are you seeing/listening to all this..oops sorry you are busy serving the country..carry on..from India..please publish.

  • satish619chandar on August 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I guess it was the perfect time for him to move on. More than as a captain, he let down team as a batsman in recent debacles. Anyway, a career would always be remembered for what they have done over the period of time rather than how it ended. He was very entertaining when he was at his peak. Thanks for all the good innings you played and Good luck Andy in future endeavors.

  • playinrain on August 29, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    As a Kiwi supporter and cricket lover, RESPECT!...I hope he finds contentment in retirement, although it seems a tad early,in my opinion, as was Stephen Flemmings. I've been following cricket since the early eighties and the Andrew Strauss England side was the best English ever in that time. I get the feeling he always played and captained with the best spirit and integrity of the time. Cook is as good a replacement as you could hope for though.

  • wrenx on August 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Cook's been named as the next captain, but do we know who's going to open with him?

  • Irelandcricketfan on August 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Strauss will be missed. A good batsman, and as a captain, sound tactically. But much more than that, he was a giant in terms of humility, dignity and what he brought to the team. And my wife will never forget the time he winked at her when running down the steps. Overall, a great guy.

  • lebigfella on August 29, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    A likeable calm man, a great leader, cool headed, articulate, eloquent and a real gentleman... and a great cricketer. He has lead England to many great victories and amongst them has had to deal with some politically volatile situations... and all the time keeping his dignity and maintaining a professional & genial demeanour. It is sad that he could not leave on a high but we all have to admire him that he realises it may be the right time to go... Thank you Andrew Strauss, you will be missed and we all wish you the very best of luck for the future

  • Brenton1 on August 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Maybe Captain Cook can discover some winning ways for England

  • Dev_Sachinfan on August 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    It's unforutunate, but england ve to move on..!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I don't think quitting is the right decision. He has taken the dispute with KP to heart. The 2nd most successful English captain and people started talking about his axing after one home series loss? Sad!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    great humble finally walks off the field as agony!!! best of luck for future endeavors.

  • pmuponda on August 29, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Wow Greame Smith has done it again. Not a bad record. Everytime South Africa play England in England an England captain has resigned. I wonder how he feels.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    One of my favorite cricketer. Thanks for all top class entertainment Sir. Hope more contribution from out side of the cricket pitch.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    One of my favorite cricketer. Thanks for all top class entertainment Sir. Hope more contribution from out side of the cricket pitch.

  • kensohatter on August 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Im in absolute shock! Wow... I really thought he had a few years left in him and thought he posed a serious concern for us in the next ashes series. From an Australian point of view im happy cause the English team will be weaker without him and that leadership will not be easily replaced. From a cricket lover point of view he is a man to be respected... What he did for the mental state of a previously fragile english side was remarkable. I wonder now if the cracks will reappear... Good luck Mr Cook you have a big job ahead of you fending off the wolves who want their ashes back! As for you Andrew Strauss congrats on a distinguished career you most certainly must go down as one of the best South Africans to ever play for England!

  • cool2cool on August 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    So is he going back to SA?

  • sonicattack on August 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    History will judge Andrew Strauss positively, I would think - certainly one of the best England captains in my lifetime, especially when one considers the state of the dressing room when he took over.....but his form has dipped and he knows it, he has left in a dignified manner as befits the man. England will need to do some serious thinking now.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    have a great future a head Andrew Strauss ...........and congratulation to cook for his new job...... hope Alistair Cook will do better leading team from front......

  • Dr.Vindaloo on August 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Good for you Andrew Strauss. Honest to the last. Not England's finest batsman but certainly one of its best captains. Enjoy the time with your young family. You have done English cricket proud and been a great ambassador for our sport.

  • davidlister on August 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Andrew Strauss appears to be a man of the highest calibre: honest, thoughtful and with the utmost integrity. He has spent the last fifteen years surrounded by sportsmen. If one appreciates the dichotomal nature of that situation one will appreciate that this must have been a strain.

  • harishchinmai on August 29, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Andrew Strauss i was surprised by ur retirement.

  • johnson49 on August 29, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    What a legend! Strauss will go down as one of the England greats. He revolutionised this England team and it is a shame to see him go just as we lost our number one status he worked so hard for. Thank you Strauss!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    2 ashes series wins makes a great leader, yet you tell us Ponting was a dud. Dear dear England. 16 test wins in a row my friends.

    Call us when you go a whisker shy of an entire generation of holding the urn. A decade without losing a world cup match. Think of that. A WHOLE DECADE!!!

    24/50 is a sub standard return.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Good Bye Strauss not sure if ECB will miss you :)

  • ozwriter on August 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    bad to worse for england. but you can trust strauss to make a wise decision.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Andrew Strauss will be missed! Great cricketer! All the great cricketers are slowly retiring. First Rahul Dravid, then Mark Boucher, next Brett Lee, then VVS Laxman and now Andrew Strauss. This means the era is changing.

  • liz1558 on August 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    MrPonting - so you disagree that Australia will beat SA and Smith will resign?

  • shantiratnamaj on August 29, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    sure this is not the official way of taking full time for IPL? He is a great batsman..he thrashed India in the WC. I feel sad for Cook - now his neck is in line to go? come on Strauss has lost just 4 series as captain for England...so given the need of English cricket can you play without him too (KP is also not there).

  • Min2_cric on August 29, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    this is the worst year for cricket...all greats retiring...Dravid, Laxman, Strauss, Boucher, KP...well now i am sure Sachin will not get retire this year...bcoz only greats can retire this year...lol...

  • cris89 on August 29, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Strauss's stats may not be great but the opening partnership he forged along with Cook was England's best after the legendary Hobbs& Sutcliffe. That coupled with his Ashes record makes him an English legend. His retirement leaves England with 3 inexperienced batsmen in the Test line-up..pretty interesting times in Englsh cricket.

  • Jim1207 on August 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Strauss could play IPL now. ;-) As there are no contract that gets breached if he wanted to do so...!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Funny comments from Indian fans .If you beat england in India ,they will do the same thing when india tour england.If like that dhoni has to quit after england and australia whitewashes.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Did not expect his retirement. He gave the matter great thought and took a decision in the interest of England cricket for which he can be admired. Did KPwin again, first Moores and now Strauss. What goes round comes round. KP will be next to fall on to the sword. He better pull out all the stops if and when he gets the nod to continue as an international cricketer. By continuing his greatness with the bat he will help to heal the wounds of England cricket and of their fans.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Fine KP can come into the English team, its good for cricket.

  • bluebillion on August 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Sorry but this is akin to being a quitter. He would never have retired had England won the last test.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    It was a surprise decision of Strauss.... You have been a gentleman of the game...

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    He could have continued to play test cricket for at lest a year, England will surely miss him, I wonder if Pieterson's saga has anything to do with him retiring?

  • cric_fan_ on August 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    as for smith, how many more English captains' heads does he plan to have in his trophy room

  • cricket-is-passion on August 29, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @liz1558: you are so funny and very good sense of humour and I think England beating India in India by 3-1 is one of the best jokes this year. Any ways stop day dreams. England will lose even if they play against Under19 that recently one worldcup. Any ways Straus did a good thing, he retired royally not just as a player but as a Captain and given chances to youngsters. England will definitely miss his services but Cook has been doing good in ODI so hope retirement of Strauss adds more value to the England team by replacing with a good player. BTW, KP's exclusion costs England a lot anywhere and especially in Subcontinent. Good luck Straus, you have done a lot to England and especially made England as No1 in tests that no other Captain has done it for England. Hats off bro...

  • cric_fan_ on August 29, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    very unfortunate decision I must say, agreed his form was shaky for some time and as a captain you're responsible to an extent for the outcome of SA series and also for the kp saga but if there ever was a time to step up and rebuild this was it. Strauss seems to have taken the easy way out and this would dent Eng morale more, now they're an opener short with team down after loosing to SA and the rift between team members, this was the time when Eng needed a cool head to guide them through but Stauss is giving up at the time when he's needed most.

  • liz1558 on August 29, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Siva - you've got to face facts - sooner or later the Barbarian arrives at the gates and tears the city apart. It's time for India. Oh yes, it's time to feel the pain.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Bet he didn't annonce it via Twitter first

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    So will he play the IPL now? Common Struassy, come and honour the league.. Your presence will be great for the IPL !!

  • zoot on August 29, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    It takes a big man to know when to retire. Strauss was a great England captain and a very good opening batsman.

  • Sulaimaan91 on August 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    One of the few players to play the game as it should be, a gentleman.Good luck in future.A fan from SL

  • frazell on August 29, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sad to see Strauss go, still don't think KP should come back, nor do i particularly want him to, even though it weakens the batting line up. Next question has to be who is going to open the batting? I'm personally not sure. We now only have Cook, Trott and Bell as our established, experienced batsmen, hopefully Taylor and Bairstow can fill Pietersen's and Collingwood's boots in the middle order.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Take some hint from indians how we survived last two tours of south africa.We are 1 down in both series.Then we gave clear direction to the groudsman about the second test pitch. We dont want any bounce in it,not even wicket keeper can collect it.Then with the help of huge audience support we draw the series.Try some thing like that

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Stupid Decision !! very selfish ....

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Probably a good time to quit...a good man and he's had enough thrown at him. He probably doesn't need the anguish of going to India and captaining a troubled team that is going to be absolutely butchered....

  • akheel_aa on August 29, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS GRAEME SMITH. You claimed another English Captain after your visit to English Shores. :-)

  • Bramblefly on August 29, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Straussy's contribution to English cricket far outweighs his stats. He has ushered in a winning mentality. South Africa is the number one side right now but Straussy's legacy and the talent in the English game will serve us well in years to come. I wish him all the best for whatever he does next.

  • MrPontingToYou on August 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    "england will beat india 3-1".... wow, most optimistic comment i've read in a while... doubt england could even draw a test, much less win, and most likely will be swept. as for the ashes... poms will be beaten, make no mistake.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Thank you Mr Strauss. Ashes wins and number 1 status will not be forgotten.

  • Bramblefly on August 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @RandyOz 11.05am - I agree with Randy Oz. Randy; are you feeling ok? :-)

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Andrew Strauss its really sad to hear abt the retirement!!! The man who won the ashes and made the test team to reach number 1 has stepped down!! The man of his character is hard to find.I wud rather say he was the best capt to lead England!!! One bad patch in career he is calling it off sad to hear that!!! What if Cook under performs as captain will he also do the same or is it the pressure form ECB!!!

  • SJ.Jannat on August 29, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I am so sad. Andrew Strauss was a great player and indeed a very good sport throughout his cricket-life. Respect to you. We will miss you Strauss.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    A true gentleman and a great cricketer. Enjoy your 2nd innings.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    From a totally (maybe) unbiased point of view (Being Welsh), I've watched England play and loved watching them from the Michael Atherton era, through to present day Strauss. Each year, there was slightly more hope, and none more so than last year playing India and Pakistan, and this year battling the West Indies in a great series, and South Africa, where we were utterly put to shame. The differences seemed to be all mental. Windies were a good side but there seemed not one shred of doubt that England would sweep the series, weather depending. With S.Africa, everything seemed different. S.A clearly have a better batting lineup than England, with or without Kevin Pieterson. Strauss will be missed as a leader, after all, he took England from mediocrity to the number 1 side in the world, via 2 Ashes series wins, home and away. IT takes a great leader to do that. I have never been his biggest fan, there are stronger options for opener with England. But he did a job, and he did it very well.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    thank you Andrew Struass - i was surprised by this post but Thank You

  • Kazi1517 on August 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Thank you Strauss. Thank you for everything :')

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    very bad news.. dnt knw wht is going on in ckt world..

  • Markdal on August 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Andrew Strauss for a largely under-rated, but top-shelf career. He's been a strong leader and his batting was classic English captaincy stuff - if your backs were to the wall, he was the one providing the fightback. Andrew, enjoy your retirement (as well as your Ashes wins memories!).

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Thank you for all your hardwork. Enjoy a long retirement with your family. Rex mors, vivat rex.

  • IndiaCricketFans on August 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Graeme Smith ECS (England Captain Slayer) Hussain, Vaughan and now Strauss. Well done Mr Smith!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    we will miss you ..........................................................................

  • paps123 on August 29, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    People may criticize Strauss, but his CV as a Test skipper cannot be downplayed. He not only took the Ashes from Australia but also held the No 1 spot in Test cricket. Both these achievements, if were pronounced at the time when he took up the captaincy after yet another mess up involving Pieterson with Peter Moores, English cricket could not have asked for more then and even now. He had a presence and gave lots of steel to English cricket. Good luck to him!!!

  • Nerav on August 29, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    That must be a world record for Graham Smith. 3 tours to England and each time caused the home captain to retire.

  • Redxabi on August 29, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Tough time to go but his batting was becoming a major issue.

    Kam_uk: thats 4 England Captains for Smith if you include KP.

  • Munkeymomo on August 29, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @JG Clarke is by far the best test captain out there, if the Aussie's had a few more good young batsmen and a good spinner they would be capable of becoming a very strong side under him, as it stands, they have to rely on their fast bowling, which they cannot do. Strauss was a negative captain but to be honest the test losses were due to poor batting in pretty much all cases (except at lords, where the bowling was pretty poor too).

  • Jabulani on August 29, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    England had better hope that Smith retires before the next time SA comes to their shores...each time he has been there on tour their captain has resigned.

  • coolindianfan on August 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @ liz1558 england will defeat india 3-1 , not even the invincible aussies were ablr to do that . time will tell . feel sorry for Strauss he was a good captain

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    very sad decission.Look at dhoni after 2 whitewashes he have no problem.Take some hint from indian players.After the newzealand series everything wil be ok for them.You are great player,with great technique.You are defeated by a great test team not by india or bangladesh

  • Faridoon on August 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    In all 3 cases, I felt the Pommie captains could have carried on. Why do English captains take home defeats to SA to heart?

  • Simoc on August 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    So Strauss is gone.Its a good decision. He has done well as his record indicates and took England to a number one ranking as captain.His time is up. By comparison Ricky Ponting will have to be dropped. He's keen to stick around till we beat the Poms. The fact that no-one is demanding to be picked through volume of runs will work in his favour for a while. And we may not beat the Poms for awhile.

  • V.Jammy on August 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Oh no! This is real sad news for true cricket lovers. I believed that Strauss was the most humble guy in the English team. He just had a prolonged lean patch. He could have taken a big break & made a strong comeback. He has lot of cricket left in him. Being an Indian, I really don't like many of the English players, but Strauss was trully respected by lot of us. He terrorised us with his big century in that tied world cup match.

  • UdayP on August 29, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    I think this is too close (in terms of time) to the KP issue for it to be ignored as one of the reasons for Strauss going. I am no fan of KP (I was really annoyed when one Sports channel decided to show KP getting his hundred during yesterday's Eng v SA game) and I hope he realises the negative effect he is still having on the England team.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    OMG ! Where is Cricketing World heading towards ? Just because he lost # No. 1 Status doesn't mean the World has come to an end. What have you done, Strauss ? You could have still played for a couple of more years easily. :( One more Fine Cricketer gone. Good luck Strauss for your future, Hope to see you in commentary box. May be with KP in WC T20 :) !

  • wanatawu on August 29, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Another momentu for the great Graeme Smith, LOL. Smith is a legend

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Ankarvi - England won the LAST TEST they played in the Sub Continent! Beating Sri Lanka in April. You must have a very selective memory!

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Does anybody have any idea of who will be test vice captain? Who is left! Trott? Prior? Broad? Swann?

  • Big_Bat on August 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Sad to see Strauss go, he was a good leader in the classical mould, and did wonders for English cricket.

    On a different note, Bopara is now back in the team after KPs exit, is that a coincidence????

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Strauss still has a lot to offer to English cricket even if he resigned as captain he should rethink quitting the game.

  • edgie on August 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    In the immortal words of Queen via Freddie Mercury "Another one bites the dust"...

  • Artiebees on August 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    His stats may be considered by some to be ordinary, but what he has done and accomplished for English cricket is extroadinary. A shame he couldn't have the exit he deserved.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Most persons thought with the return of Christ Gayle that Otis Gibson would have quit as WI coach . In this KP the KP saga , Strauss has taken the "easy" way out . England dressing room will never be the same if and when KP return .

  • Siva_Cric on August 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @liz1558: The funniest thing i have ever read in the past one week. England beating India 3-1 in India, u should be kidding mate ;) your sense of humour though is outstanding :p

  • 200ondebut on August 29, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Everyone will over play the KP issue - but the key facts are that for the last three years Strauss has struggled to score enough runs to justify his position in the side. Strauss is shrewd enough to know when it is time to call it a day and will step out with dignity.

  • Tigg on August 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Sad news. We'll miss you Straussy. A top class leader and, in his pomp, one of the best openers we've had.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Saw this coming. I actually spoke about this when I made the Sammy/Strauss comparison & almost got my head eaten off. I admire his move and am certain his wife played a great part in it. There was nothing great about Strauss. He was just a good batter & captain, like most of his predecessors.

  • klempie on August 29, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Biff, The Pom Reaper swings his deadly scythe once more...

  • Randy0Z on August 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Beat us fair and square twice. A legend.

  • LillianThomson on August 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Strauss did a fine job in inflating England's ranking against an Australia in transition, a declining India and a Pakistan team wrecked in 2010 by corruption and selection vendettas. But his batting has been a liability for most of the last five years, and his standoff with Pietersen left the team deprived of its only world-class batsman. An admirable man and an admirable player, who helped England to punch above its true weight.

  • Manush on August 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Welcome news Strauss. You definitely played a major role along with others in bringing up English cricket as a captain but in the end it is very sad that you wobbled very badly in handling Kevin issue. What a turn of fortune for him and his team in just 4 to 6 months after peaking up !!

  • Siva_Cric on August 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Expected to see straus in India :( very disappointing to see him retire...Neverthless he had a very successful career and wish him all the best :)

  • Partyman on August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Whoever talks bad out Strauss here have no clue what they are talking about. Why do fans of a certain country have got to make opinions about Strauss? Jealousy after thrashing their team last summer? Strauss can walk the lands with his head held high and proud of what he has achieved in his inspriational and dignified career. Well done Strauss. To the naysayers, you are all pathetic and not good enough even to lace his boots.

  • Ankarvi on August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @ liz1558: Could you please tell me when was the last time England won a test match(leave series) in Asian Sub continent. Now go tour to Bangladesh and they will teach you how to play in Sub continent.

  • on August 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Is this the result of the KP saga ? .

  • yomeshk on August 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Hail Graeme Smith..!!!!! Never in the history a captain would have such a bad outcome on the opposite team's captain...!!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Thanks for the good times Andrew, enjoy a long & happy retirement.

  • cskfangg on August 29, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    oh Strauss..Please don't quit captaincy now..wait for the India tour and you must have to retire then...don't try save your carrier,its not good for England.

  • ovzdatta151 on August 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    It will be sad if Strauss quits the captaincy. He lead his team remarkably well and helped his team to attain number one rank in test match. I guess he got hurt more by KP's immature act rather then the home series loss against SA. He should lead his team against the Aussies in Ashes. I feel Cook is still uncooked for Test Captaincy. Let him get few more years of experience in ODI Captaincy. Best person to lead the English Test team after Strauss is Ian Bell. I find him very composed player and he doesn't get fazed by the situation around him. He has a good test batting average and wonderful player to watch (not against India :P).

  • kam_uk on August 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Graeme Smith ECS (England Captain Slayer) Hussain, Vaughan and now Strauss. Well done Mr Smith!

  • MrMankad on August 29, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN ! The hubris from last year claims its first victim. This is just the beginning. The tour of India will see the end of a few more careers. Just wait ....

  • liz1558 on August 29, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Toon Harmy - you said it. Cook has arrived at Lords at 11.00 - long live the king. It's been a funny coincidence that over the past ten years the last three genuinely succesful England captains have all resigned during or immediately after a home series to a SA team lead by Graeme Smith: Hussain in 2002, Vaughan in 2008 and Strauss, 2012. Each captain has so far been more successful than his predecessor. Not counting Flintoff - who was only standing in for Vaughan. SA will lose to Australia, Smith will resign, England will beat India 3-1, and retain the Ashes 3-1, thus regaining top spot next year.

  • MrPontingToYou on August 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    good post by toon, but he failed to mention that strauss lacked aggression in his captaincy, poor declarations and negative field placings cost england games they were in a position to win. he also badly lost big series that could've firmly placed england as the number one test team... i.e pakistan and sa.

  • Theredbaron on August 29, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Hussain, Vaughn, Strauss, next Cook, they should call Graeme Smith "The English bully" not biff

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @Hira1 on (August 29 2012, 08:12 AM GMT) So if every player who has fallen out with KP should resign we'd probably have half our side missing?

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @Xolile on (August 29 2012, 07:32 AM GMT) Anderson is another one who I believe has fallen out with KP (judging by the way he said he'd accept whatever ECB's decision was but didn't once say I hope he comes back) and that's just the ones we know about. In UAE at least the likes of Broad, Anderson and Monty (not involved) gave us a chance of winning whereas KP (along with all the other batting talent) messed up every time. If I had to choose between KP and 3 or 4 other senior players I'd choose the latter every time. And who's to say KP wouldn't fall out with other Eng players in the future?

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip on (August 29 2012, 07:09 AM GMT)Hello . searching for decent posters is like searching for a needle in a haystack. I actually think Strauss should go. I feel there were huge signs of deterioration in his play (judgement and reflexes) and as a captain I feel that (not sure if it's Strauss or Flower) but our lack of adaptability this year has been there for all to say and I think we've relied too heavily on "It's what got us here". Sometimes you have to change things to move with the game. I feel Clarke is the best test captain out there. My worry is that Cook may be too much of a Strauss/Flower clone but my hope is that he has appeared that way because he has not had full captaincy and he is more like Vaughan who I believe in that 1 series with Aus in 05 proved what a great captain he was. Australia had all their greats still playing and Eng were a test down and still came back to win that series.

  • JG2704 on August 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @satish619chandar on (August 29 2012, 05:57 AM GMT) I think Strauss should go but nothing to do with the KP issue. If KP has overstepped the mark that badly that many of his team mates have lost their trust in him then what alternative did they have? Rumours are that he said to SA players about tactics on how to bowl to various Eng players etc .You're quite a balanced commentor , so if this is the case how would you have handled the issue?

  • crindo77 on August 29, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Saw this coming; if he quits captaincy, he might quit Test cricket altogether. Strauss seems to be the sort of person who will put England first, and one of the main bug bears of the KP issue is the text issue. With him gone, maybe KPs reinduction may be easier? Next thing to do would be to drop Broad, and get Tremlett back in ahead of the India series, if he is fit. As for Strauss, will he join Sky Sports commentary team? 5 England captains, Holding and Warne- now thats a lotta cricket. Add Bumble, Bob Willis and they are better than Channel 9.Speaking of Channel 9, any thoughts on Punter's retirement from the Oz supporters? I think SRT will call it quits from all forms after home season ends ahead of SA tour next year, and Dhoni will quit Tests. Wow, world cricket should look a LOT different by this time next year. Even without Usain Bolt playing.

  • on August 29, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Strauss wont go yet, not with back-to-back Ashes coming up. Speculating, this annoucement will confirm Strauss will retire at the end of said series (so 2014). This will give time to properly groom Cook to take over, cause lets face it he's next in line. Speculating, we will also here about who is getting central contracts, with focus on whether KP will get one. If the ECB are properly serious about discipline, then KP wont get even an incrimental and will have to fight his way back in via the points system. Like I said, speculation but I'd be willing to put a fiver on each announcement.

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I think its unfair to suggest there was any real major fallout between Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen. That's just speculation. As much as KP may have blown off a bit of steam about AS after the first test, I'm sure AS probably had issues with himself - as did everybody (be honest). If I'm allowed to speculate, let me suggest that KP and AS have been together long enough for me to believe that they have greatest respect for one another - and that regardless of the texts, AS is not particularly excited by the way things have panned out for KP... I think that's the kind of man AS just is.

  • jb633 on August 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I hope Strauss does step down as both a captain and batsman. I think he has become a shell of his former self, and his weakness against spin will be ruthlessly expose in India. @Cpt.Meanster- yet again you supercede the knowledge of pretty much all your fellow compatriots and provide a well balanced view on the argument. Yes, people should not forget what Strauss has done for England as both an opening bat and a captain. I remember him tearing SA to shreds in the 04/05 away tour and helping us bring back the series. He delivered back to back ashes as skip and took England from one of the worst sides in the world 47ao vs WI 2009 to one of the best 1-3 Aus W and 4-0 Ind W. People can argue that England never deserved to be no 1, but at least thanks to Strauss people are talking about England at all. England fans will always appreciate what he has done and the manner he has dealt with everything thrown at him. I hope he steps down for both his country and his excellent reputation.

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Thirteenth man. So, it's Kevin Pietersen's fault that Andrew can't bat? Dude, look at his career, he only averages over 40 because he has consistently beaten up on the likes of NZ, West Indies and B'desh. He's a flat track bully.. Yeah sure he is a nice guy, and a popular captain amoungst the other players.. But he's not good enough to open the batting for England.

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    If this comes to pass and Strauss' resignation happens, I'd like to encourage every attending journalist who cares about the good health of English cricket to stand and applaud this humble man who led the team with such dignity through some very difficult times.

  • bonobo on August 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    leave the obituaries until the announcement at least. If Strauss believes that there is still international cricket i him, then he should carry on. Iy has been a poor year for England, but one thing we should learn is in the larger context, that is all it should be seen as. Smith has had poor seasons adn series as captain and this has never been allowed to signal the end of his captaincy. The test for England is how they recover from this year. The question is more if Strauss feels he can carry on as a test class batsman, his form over a long period of time has been declining. But I think he and the England should make a real dedicared effort to get him into shape for a final 18 months. He has a good record in India and they should be open to perhaps even consider playing him down the order and really focus on what is needed. The fact is we dont have a wagon of test class batsmen waiting in the wings. If things dont work out, there is still another series to bed Cook in before Ashes

  • shovwar on August 29, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Hattric for Smith....next on the line: Cook

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    @Hira1: While Strauss has perhaps at times been too conservative in his captaincy, and has suffered a bad run of form recently, he clearly is a more positive and calming influence to the team than KP, who has caused problems both as a captain (causing one of the most successful county coaches to lose the England job) and a player. I also don't think Strauss going will sort out the KP issue, it sounds like he thought a few of the other England players (especially Broad and Swann) were involved in that parody Twitter account, and therefore I think the dressing room will still be an awkward place with him in. His brilliance with the bat (which I witnessed in person at the Headingley Test) does not make up for the trouble he has caused England several times.

  • BadcatOval on August 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Very well said Toon Harmy.

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Seems a very odd time for Strauss to quit - and so unlike him. At the very least I would think he would wait until the South Africans go home to avoid disrupting the mental preparation of the ODI/T20 squads.

    So I'm hoping the press conference to be about KP not AS.

  • anoopkul86 on August 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    It is bound to happen..Graeme Smith ended both Nassir Hussain & Michael Vaughan tenures as Captain and Career in 2004 & 2008 respectively..Now it's Andrew Strauss' turn to retire..

  • on August 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Toon-Harmy - well said mate.

  • sanman12 on August 29, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    ANother one bites the dust. This should be Smiths theme song to any english captain.

  • ejsiddiqui on August 29, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    If the news is true then congrats to Smith on his hatrick (of ending the careers of 3 captains)- Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss!. Cook should be happy SA don't have a tour of Eng in near future. And most probably Smith would not be the part of next SA tour to Eng.

  • go4vaibhav on August 29, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @LindenW: Unmukt Chand is the Indian U19 captain won world cup few days back.. I guess Aus was in the finals with India..

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    If this goes as we all expect it to, and Strauss goes, then i think its exteremely childish of the folks on here to be so negative. Yes his captancy has at times lacked imagination, and yes at times he has struggled for runs, but at every stage he has been a decent fair bloke who has shown respect to his opponents. All reasonable cricket fans would wish him the best rather than rattle on about his faults.

  • bobmartin on August 29, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    OMG... If the rumours turn out to be true, not only will we have to suffer the constant and boring repetitions about the number of Sth Africans in the England side... but also the number of Engalnd captains Smith has seen the back of... A field day is nigh for all those poor people whose only aim in life appears to be to see their name on the cricinfo comments page and who know or care little about the game.

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Goodness, reading some of these comments and finding KP in them is absolutely ridiculous. This has nothing to do with KP irrespective of what has happened. This is purely about the speculation of Strauss's captaincy. If this is the end, then Strauss has done nothing wrong, and he would be remembered for taking England to the top as well as his Ashes campaigns (of which he won both his home and away ties), and the length of time England remained undefeated in a Test series (until Pakistan in the UAE, followed by this recent South Africa series). Cook will most likely be Captain thereafter should this speculation be true. We'll find out at noon today.

  • go4vaibhav on August 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @LindenW: Unmukt Chand.. I thnk u have a short term memory.. lol

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Bring back KP as Captain... He is the guy who can lead all formats

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    He is going to dropped any way... One of the best English captain, Mediocre batsman

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Strauss must step down to enable Pietersen to come back into the side - it's the only way for him to save face.

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @xylo : what do you think of Matt Prior's captaincy? Acceding to your point Cook needs a few more years before he captains the English side. I am sure Matt has got very leadership skills and he will handle KP in a much better way than others in the current set-up. I believe Matt should be given a go for the good of English cricket.

  • on August 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Can't help, but say this with a snicker-SMITH STRIKES!!!!lol hahaha this is awesome fun.....i reckon cook's the next captain. Come 2015, smith will claim his fourth victim.

  • Toon-Harmy on August 29, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    If the reports are true and Andrew Strauss is set to stand down as England captain then the history books will record a distinguished leader of the England cricket team and a good (if not perhaps great) opening Test batsman. A man who happily eschewed individual acclaim and celebrity status, a man who led his side to emphatic Ashes triumphs both home and away and to the absolute demolition of a touring Indian side, claiming the No1 Test status on the way. Above all, they'll remember a captain who went about his business with grace and maturity (unlike some of his contemporaries) and forged an excellent working relationship with his coach (again unlike some of his contemporaries). As for some of the frankly pathetic and juvenile comments posted on here, well there is an old saying: Empty vessels make the most noise...

  • TheJester79 on August 29, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Another scalp to Smith's collection... I bet this is why England performs so poorly against South Africa at home! By now its almost a given that the captaincy is up for grabs when ever South Africa travel to England... What England needs isnt a new captain but a better shrink...

  • ThirteenthMan on August 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Let us hope it has nothing to do with Strauss and is the final dumping of Pietersen.

    I suspect that is just wishful thinking but it would be sad to see Strauss go when it seems clear Pietersen contributed to his woes. Even worse if Strauss resigns and Pietersen ever again plays for England.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on August 29, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    The cracks that started appearing in Team England at the start of the year are, as I predicted, now becoming chasms. Strauss's captaincy was pedestrian and avoided serious criticism due to wins against other sides in decline. This had many English fans and media shouting to all and sundry about how this was the beginning of an era of dominance. Words like 'legacy' were used, as were comparisons to great teams of the past from Australia an the west indies. Oh what hubris! I can only hope that fellow England fans like me learn a good lesson here about keeping your heads pulled. Players like Swann, Anderson and Broad may wish to look back on their comments at the start of the year on how they believed they were on the verge of greatness. The teams pitiful performances since then only serve to highlight the well known fact that we were, frankly, over-rated.

  • Munsta101 on August 29, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Get Dennis Compton's grandson in there as Strauss's replacement. Nick Compton is the leading run scorer in Div One this year and can easily make the adjustment from number 3 to opener. Plus he was born in South Africa so will fit right in.

  • voice_of_reason on August 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    He should be remembered as one of England's best Test captains of all time. He won the Ashes both home and away (the benchmark of English cricket). He took England to the No. 1 ranked Test team (although the value of that is questionable). He led England through seven consecutive unbeaten Test series (Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, India). All with dignity and honesty. He took on the captaincy in difficult circumstances, following the sacking of KP and coach Peter Moores just before the tour of the West Indies. For me, he leaves now (if that's what is happening) with his dignity in tact, a decent record as an opening batsman, and with respect throughout the cricketing world, something that KP will struggle to find, whatever his ability as a batsman.

  • Nutcutlet on August 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @satis619chandar: re:'...can't handle a single guy in the dressing room'. This means that Strauss is unable to manage ( handle) ANY player in the dressing room! Clearly this is absurd as Strauss has, in widely-held & international opinion, been a superb, outstanding manager of his team, collectively & individually - & has led them to significant if not lasting success. I think you were attempting to make an implicit comment on the fall-out between Strauss & Pieterson, but your unfortunately-worded comment carried another meaning entirely which I'm sure you did not intend. BTW, to the best of my knowledge, AS has never fallen out with any other player he has captained, which is possibly why the whole issue of KP has rankled so much with Strauss & Flower. But there again, everyone recognises that KP would severely test the patience of a saint - and there aren't many of those around!

  • Hira1 on August 29, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Strauss must resign from captaincy as well as from cricket so that we have KP in the team

  • Munsta101 on August 29, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    It is the right time to go. But is there a decent enough opener to take his place? I doubt it.

  • multipack on August 29, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @ LindenW, india might have a poor record in australia but until atleast we were the only side to ever stand up to the great aussie teams of the late 90s/2000s. enjoy you ashes wins because in the general scheme of world cricket this england team have achieved a big fat nothing. 6 losses in 11 since they assumed the number 1 ranking! the fact their tenure as the top rated team was even shorter than india's shows how overrated they are. and to think english fans had the cheek to dismiss india's achievements when we were number 1 despite fact we were top dogs for almost twice as long as you jokers.

  • Selassie-I on August 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Satish19chander The west indies handled the Gayle situation well? are you sure about this? do you remember the whole team going on strike..? the situation was just as bad if not worse. It seems as if the only people calling for his head are from Inida... the next team we play, I bet they fancy facing a new opener! be a shame to lose our two most experienced batsmen before time this summer. Personally I'd like to see him in the next ashes' and leave cookie to focus on the WC...

  • on August 29, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    I analyzed Strauss in his early years as captain during a series in the West Indies in which West Indies won 1 to 0 and I told myself is way too defensive to be a great captain. Strauss, however has had good success with a good English team, but I'm not sure if he has ever reached the stage to be called a great captain. England needs a captain who can inspire aggressive cricket and hold the moral of the team up, while turning in good personal performance and Strauss has failed in all of those. England need a captain like Sammy from the West Indies,

  • Meety on August 29, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Dunno if he'll be selected as a normal player (minus captaincy).

  • on August 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    smith s strike rate with english captains is way better than any of the bowlers who has ever toured England.......3 tours 3 captains.........................

  • DINESHCC on August 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    A captain cannot be made as scapegoat for the entire team's failure.

  • Supa_SAFFA on August 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    I daresay the ECB has finally been stirred into action by the sight of disgusted fans streaming out of the stadium before the end of yesterday's match. They have to do something or at least be seen trying.

  • DirkL on August 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    KP's tweet about Strauss may have been expressed coarsely, but that doesn't mean it wasn't bang on the spot.

  • yorkslanka on August 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    personally i dont think there is any need for Strauss to retire(if this is to be the cause of the press conference)..yes he is having a dip in form but name me one player in any team at any level that hasnt had that?He seems like a genuinely decent guy and is a very good cricketer also..

  • Knowledge_Speaks on August 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    DLF is a very smart sponser. DLF knows this coming IPL-6 popularity will go down because of refusal of Sri-lankan players with english players into it. IPL should under there is a diff between PRIDE and PROUD.

  • Perplexed on August 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    If Smith is still in charge the next time SA tours England, Trott can conceivably be the captain. I'm sure Smith would then be aiming for four English captains on the Trott!

  • BellCurve on August 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Great! With Strauss gone, all England has to do is drop Broad and Swann. Then KP can come back as if nothing happened.

  • Emancipator007 on August 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Good news.Although have liked Strauss, his dominating partnership with'dictatorial' Flower was unhealthy for the team and was bound to create cliques.Don't buy into that team unity claptrap;Broad,Swann,Anderson are no less individualistic than KP.This kind of regimen prematurely snuffed out Gower. You need charlatan, hellfire cricketers like Lillee,Warne,Akthar,KP,Botham to keep cricket incandescently thrilling. All bar Akthar were given free reign by their captains who were more worried about end results and team victories than superficial "team bonding" and the like. Viv was no less pompous than KP, but was wedded to the WI cause under Lloyd just like KP is to a fault.You could always see his desire to be an English cricket great once he gave up on SA. Meanwhile, wow SMITHY ending the reign of 3 Eng captains, unprecedented in cricket history.

  • zenboomerang on August 29, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Well it will be sad news if this is so... What with the kerfuffle caused by Broad, Swann & friends, then the KP ECB issue, this is very bad timing... Would have thought a retirement after the next Ashes series would have been a perfect time to hang up the gloves, rather than at the end of a lost series with a team that played well below their potential... Really all Eng team mates, coaches & selectors will have to look in the mirror & say that "I" was also responsible for this sad end to Strauss captaincy...

  • on August 29, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Time he left the helm, time to move on.

  • on August 29, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    come india cook will resign the captaincy

  • pommyadders on August 29, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin "Undue atmosphare of sympathy is been created even when we all know that it is the time that he says bye to international cricket. He is the weakest link in the team no doubt about that. Let's make KP the captain and let those who do not like him, take some long vacations." Well thank god you're not making these decisions then. Not that your scenario is ever likely to happen, but if it did It would be the end of supporting England for nearly 30 years for me. Strauss is a true gent of the game and what he has done for English cricket is surpassed. KP on the other hand is the polar opposite, not fit to lace Straussies boots IMO.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on August 29, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Surely the English can find another South African born to captain them!

  • on August 29, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    ohh sad to hear that. such a wonderful player who took over with Engloand at their lowest point. Way for new comers.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on August 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    If it happen - then this is a shame. Strauss record in India Test is better than most of the current India team with 3 Test hundred in 10 visit to the crease in India. He would easily clean up in India if he go to India again. Few England player can say they played in 4 Ashes series and won 3 of them. No doubt the India fan will say he is useless, but how useless is Captain who beat Australia home and away (something India never ever did, ever). 2 Ashes win as Captain is great achievement and 2 1/2 year without losing a series, home or away. Mixed into that is the minor thing of the 2012 whitewashing of India - which was easy. Strauss is family man and he has done everything and more than England would have expected, he has earned his rest. Thank you Andrew Strauss - if you go you have earned admiration.

  • jimbond on August 29, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Bad decision. Strauss has been a very good captain. The loss of this season was primarily because England was an inferior side as compared to SA. Not much to do with the captaincy. A number 2 position is also flattering for the current England side. If Strauss was a failure, someone like Cook is likely to be a blunder.

  • anver777 on August 29, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Eng's next man for the job is "Captain Cook"..... my advance wishes to him !!!!!

  • cricraz on August 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Cant wait for england to tour India. They lost their most dangerous batsman( KP) and now their captain. England are going to be ranked 4 by the end of the year. England had one good year in the last 10 yrs. They have never been good in the subcontinent. I would not be surprised if andy flower quits or is fired after the india series. I hope they prepare some turning tracks, just like the english have green tracks with swinging conditions. Come play in our backyard!!

  • edgie on August 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @Shashank Pandey, you possibly cant do worse than Strauss based on his poor current form. Hell England can open with Trott or Bell, and bring in Bairstow at no 4 or 5. Not sure about Taylor though. Big heart no doubt...

  • on August 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    All the cricket fans wanting Strauss as England Captain until next year Ashes Series

  • mcsdl on August 29, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Strauss just starting to realise him and his team were over-rated for the past few years and they did live in a buble that media and pundits created for them.! There is nodoubt England is very organized side, but looking at individual players (specially the batsmen) are not that special (apart from inconsistent KP). So now facing the reality can be tough as it comes as a shock for them, but I never had any doubt this England team were going to lose to S.Africa and also in sub-continent. Even before S.africa vs England test series if you look at the individuals in both teams, S,Africa are better man to man. Steyn, Philander, Morkel >Anderson, Bresnan, Broad. In batting Smith, Amla, Kallis, Devillias>Strauss, Cook, Pieterson, Bell. England do have a better spinner though. This England side never done well in Sub-continent either. They got battered by ordinary Pakistanis. Managed to hang-on to a draw against SriLankans in a 2 match series and surely they will get hammered again in India

  • on August 29, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    He's a great guy for cricket, would be a shame for him to step down but he can hold his head up. He might not entertain like KP but he has enormous respect as an honest team guy.

  • LindenW on August 29, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    who was the last Indian captain to lead their team to success in Australia? Enough said

  • petert10 on August 29, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Agree with 512fm, i definitely think this will be a retirement announcement rather than a captaincy waiver. Even if it is not, I dont think Strauss will be able to hold on to that test opener spot for too long with inform players such as Compton and Root on the up

  • Zahidsaltin on August 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Undue atmosphare of sympathy is been created even when we all know that it is the time that he says bye to international cricket. He is the weakest link in the team no doubt about that. Let's make KP the captain and let those who do not like him, take some long vacations.

  • vinayespn on August 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Oh no.. Every Indian fan would have liked to see India playing Strauss led England in the upcoming India's home series..

  • satish619chandar on August 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Does Strauss deserve to continue? I think a big NO.. Is no more a force with bat and captaincy is questioned as he can't handle a single guy in the dressing room.. Gayle was a more ego and Sammy/Gibson is no way near the stature of Strauss/Andy combo. But they were able to play without Gayle and handled that issue at best possible manner plus, resolved the issue within themselves even though it took some time.. Without hurting their team!! Cook would handle the current team in better way than Mr.Strauss.. I wouldn't be surprised if Strauss is dropped from the team itself on his recent batting form.

  • on August 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Smith claims another English captain. Is that a record btw?

  • CricketingStargazer on August 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Very sorry for Strauss who took over with England at their lowest point since the 1990s and was an instant success, despite prejudice, scepticism and constant criticism. However, like Nasser Hussain in 2003, he has taken England as far as he can. He led the side to the top, but their defence of the #1 ranking has been dreadful and he is getting to the end of his Test career and has not been in great form for a while now. Quite possibly he should have retired after the Sri Lanka series earlier in the year. A little renovation is good for a side and his stepping aside, knowing that he cannot offer much more, would be in character. However, there are also some counter reports suggesting that, whatever is announced, it WILL NOT be Strauss's immediate retirement.

  • on August 29, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Looks like it is going to be a hat-trick for Graeme Smith as far as English cricket captains go!!

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 29, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    So, hat-trick for Smith then? Nasser, Vaughan and now Strauss! Cook can breathe easy bcos SA will not visit Eng until 2015 and most probably will not have Smith to slay another Eng captain :)

  • aravind406 on August 29, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Strauss is just smart about cutting his losses. The slide has begun and without KP's audacity and X factor, will revert back to the poor english team of the 90s. Test#1 is gone, ODI #1 is gone. Take a poll of the bowlers around the world and find out how they rate this batting team.

  • Y2SJ on August 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    one of the most Overrated captains

  • on August 29, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Given his current form, Strauss steps down, he guarantees losing his place in the playing XI. Inevitable as it seems, is there any opening batsman in tests of the same stature to replace him?

  • Perplexed on August 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Well done Smith! Three English captains aftre three English tours. I was not alone in predicting this before the test series started!

  • landl47 on August 29, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Strauss has had a great run, but it's probably time for him to step aside. Cook is ready for the captaincy, so strangely enough, just at this point in time it will be harder to fill Strauss' role as opening batsman than his position as captain. I don't think Joe Root, at 21, is ready yet; Alex Hales hasn't had a great season, despite his 99 in the T20I against WI, and Michael Carberry has been injured and hasn't done much. Anyway, that's for the future; for now, if this is Strauss' farewell, then all England should thank him for making England the force it has been in the last 3 years. 2 Ashes wins is a great achievement for an England captain, not to mention the whitewash of India and 2 1/2 years without losing a series, home or away. Well done, Straussy.

  • on August 29, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    If Strauss does stand down Smith will be known as the " english captain slayer" lol

  • HawK89 on August 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Strauss should stay as captain, at least for the upcoming Ashes Series. Their T20 side is new, ODI is still being settled and the Test side only needs a #6 batsmen to sort out. Cook doesn't need anymore responsibility, although it maybe appealing, he still needs to work on his batting. England still need to work out the KP issues, and hes a good chunk of their batting too.

  • NanoTechnology on August 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Sad, but probably the right thing. The Strauss empire was bright, but has probably been on the decline for a while now, caused in part by his own horrible batting form. Maybe he could still offer something for a while, but opinion can be ruthless when you're his age, each day could be your last in the team.

  • xylo on August 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Strauss stepping down would be a shame. Cook is the only potential replacement, and he is still finding his feet in ODIs, having had a very poor away record. Cook is best when concentrating on batting in tests. I wouldn't want any of the Swann-Broad-Anderson triumvirate to be captain. Strauss should take a break to be away from the game for a couple of months, let Cook take it up in the interim, and come back with a fresh mind and determination to take England up the test rankings.

  • on August 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @vswami not ending careers of opposing captains but of england captains..

  • Roger_Allott on August 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Strauss has been a great captain of the England test team and has had a fantastic partnership with Andy Flower, but his batting has been under-par for too long and even his fielding has been suspect in recent games. It's the right time to go, in my opinion.

  • robheinen on August 29, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Cook!? In my opinion Cook would be captain by necessity. There's no one else that can lead the side. But I feel that Cook doesn't have the mental aptitude to be a proper captain. He's too slick to ventilate his own opinions. And that aspect won't be confined to the media only. The ECB would do better not to restrict Eoin Morgan. He's in my opninon, again, the only player to make a captain of sorts.

  • Marktc on August 29, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Could this be Smith's number 3 English captain.....

  • JasonGray on August 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Bad move. He should still captain the side.

  • Joby_George on August 29, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Without KP, England is going to struggle in all format of the game.

  • on August 29, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    This is not about KP or one individual, this I think, is about the perspective - Was Mr. Strauss ever the captain material... ECB should look into this aspect seriously..!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    If he goes on to do that, it would be unfair and unfortunate. Personal form aside, he has led England commendably and is an Ashes hero. If the team is concerned about his batting form more than I am afraid he won't be picked again ever given his age. I think he should wait at least until the end of the Indian tour and then make a call.

  • dsig3 on August 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    What a horrible way to go. He helped England to get the number 1 ranking, and now he will fall on his sword after an absolute nightmarish few months. I wonder if he ever thought such a bad summer was possible.........

  • nathangonmad on August 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    I don't think he should retire but giving Cook the captaincy could be just what the test team needs.

  • on August 29, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    little relief for for australia .... :) #ashes

  • Rohit... on August 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Stepping Down is the best decision that Strauss has taken . Lack of runs, bad management and issues with team-mates , he would have to be a Ganguly to be stubborn enough not to do so

  • Joshima on August 29, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Not surprise. Strauss knows he will struggle for runs in India, so if he give up the captaincy stay out of the India tour for a longer break then rejoin the team on a much easier tour, he can extend his Test career.

  • KDLarsen on August 29, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    If true, Graeme Smith has done it again.

    However, given the fightback England managed after the trashing at the Oval, it seems a bit quick to resign the captaincy. And all due respect to Cook, but an India away tour is hardly the best place to break in a new captain. Such a change could/should be made after the back-to-back NZ series, which without a doubt will be much easier series. Especially given the NZ 2nd XI England will be facing in the home series next summer!

  • SICHO on August 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Well, well, looks like Smith might get the 3rd England captain after all.

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    If he steps down, Hats off to Graeme Smith. Every time he Visits England as a skipper, the opposite skipper's tenure is over..

  • 512fm on August 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Don't they mean he will announce his retirement? Theres no way he will get selected on batting alone, bar a couple of hundreds vs the windies hes been horrible the past couple of years.

  • maddy20 on August 29, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Congrats to SMith on his hatrick(of ending the careers of 3 captains)- Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss!

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @ Aryan Ahmad - Don't post senseless comments. What has IPL to do with it ? Kallis, AB, Steyn, Morkel, Duminy - they were all part of IPL and helped their team grab # No. 1 Test status. Did any of them Quit or threatened to quit any format of the game for their national team ? Of all England players, only KP and may be Morgan too were the only players from England playing in IPL. And still you targeting IPL ? It depends individual to individual. If KP wants more money and is not loyal to England, we can't do anything.

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Struass you should take some hint from Sachin...zip to 8 he is still there....even though he was one of people who performed very poorly....requires some thick skin...

  • Narbavi on August 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    I thought he would wait till the series in india, anyway, considering his performances with the bat over the months, i believe its just a matter of time before he retires for good!!

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on August 29, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    It's hard to see Strauss turning things around either as captain, or as an opening batsman while he's captain. England barely won a session in the first or third tests and they need a better performance from him with the bat, which I believe he deserves a chance to deliver before he is dropped. Cook has the experience and is the most likely to succeed Strauss as captain anyway, so no time like the present. I've been watching several Yorkshire matches this year (as their coach Dizzy Gillespie is a hero of mine) and reckon it's time to give Joe Root a shot at test level. Yes he's still developing, but his attitude and personality at the crease seem right to me. Sigh. I'm giving poms the benefit of my wisdom because as an Australian my desire to back the underdog (a status England are all-too-easily assuming) outweighs my desire to beat the Poms. Sigh.

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    But if he steps down, Cook is the only option and a good one too, ECB have !

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    OMG ! Why ? Come one man ! Just because you lost # No. 1 status doesn't mean you feel dejected !

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Here you go ! i think KP press the English PANIC button ! Tnx IPL !

  • vswami on August 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Is Smith veering towards some record for a captain who had ended the careers of opposing captains.

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  • vswami on August 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Is Smith veering towards some record for a captain who had ended the careers of opposing captains.

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Here you go ! i think KP press the English PANIC button ! Tnx IPL !

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    OMG ! Why ? Come one man ! Just because you lost # No. 1 status doesn't mean you feel dejected !

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    But if he steps down, Cook is the only option and a good one too, ECB have !

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on August 29, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    It's hard to see Strauss turning things around either as captain, or as an opening batsman while he's captain. England barely won a session in the first or third tests and they need a better performance from him with the bat, which I believe he deserves a chance to deliver before he is dropped. Cook has the experience and is the most likely to succeed Strauss as captain anyway, so no time like the present. I've been watching several Yorkshire matches this year (as their coach Dizzy Gillespie is a hero of mine) and reckon it's time to give Joe Root a shot at test level. Yes he's still developing, but his attitude and personality at the crease seem right to me. Sigh. I'm giving poms the benefit of my wisdom because as an Australian my desire to back the underdog (a status England are all-too-easily assuming) outweighs my desire to beat the Poms. Sigh.

  • Narbavi on August 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    I thought he would wait till the series in india, anyway, considering his performances with the bat over the months, i believe its just a matter of time before he retires for good!!

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Struass you should take some hint from Sachin...zip to 8 he is still there....even though he was one of people who performed very poorly....requires some thick skin...

  • on August 29, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @ Aryan Ahmad - Don't post senseless comments. What has IPL to do with it ? Kallis, AB, Steyn, Morkel, Duminy - they were all part of IPL and helped their team grab # No. 1 Test status. Did any of them Quit or threatened to quit any format of the game for their national team ? Of all England players, only KP and may be Morgan too were the only players from England playing in IPL. And still you targeting IPL ? It depends individual to individual. If KP wants more money and is not loyal to England, we can't do anything.

  • maddy20 on August 29, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Congrats to SMith on his hatrick(of ending the careers of 3 captains)- Nasser Hussain, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss!

  • 512fm on August 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Don't they mean he will announce his retirement? Theres no way he will get selected on batting alone, bar a couple of hundreds vs the windies hes been horrible the past couple of years.