Andrew Strauss, a former captain of the England cricket team, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but moved to England when he was six years old.
Strauss played county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club in the UK and likes to play hack and pull shots from the back foot.
Strauss has been a member of the Durham University cricket team and the Middlesex second XI since 1996, before beginning his first-class career. In 1998, Strauss made his first-class debut for Middlesex first XI, making 83 in his debut innings.
He struggled in his first two years of first-class play, scoring just 24 and 30.5 points in both of his first two seasons.
In the following three seasons, he averaged over 45 runs per game and was named captain of Middlesex in 2002.
Strauss earned his first cap in 2004 when he was selected for the New Zealand Test series, and he made an immediate impact. On his debut, he hit a superb century, scoring 112 runs in the first innings.
He was still 17 runs shy of his second century of the match in the second innings. England won the match by seven wickets, and Strauss was named Player of the Match. He continued his good form by scoring a half-century in the next match as well.
Rise To Glory
Andrew tasted victory in his first match and maintained his fine form at home in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004.
In 2005, Andrew Strauss reached the next major milestone in his career. That year, England claimed the Ashes with a 2-1 victory, and Strauss played a key role in that victory.
England paid a visit to India after an excellent Ashes result. Since Andrew Flintoff needed a rest, Strauss was given the chance to guide the English side in the ODI series against India.
About the fact that England lost the series 5-0, England selectors stuck with Strauss. Strauss was elected test captain shortly after, during Pakistan’s tour of England. In the fourth Test match, Strauss hit a vital 35-run innings to help England square the series.
Winning the 2010-11 Ashes series in Australia was a significant accomplishment for Andrew Strauss during his captaincy. He became the third English captain to win the Ashes both at home and in Australia by doing so.
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was perhaps the lowest point for Andrew Strauss and the England team. They beat South Africa, but lost to Ireland and Bangladesh, both minnows.
England was kicked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals. Many concerns have been raised regarding Strauss’ captaincy.
Strauss’ disappointing results in the 2011 World Cup forced him to retire from ODI cricket. His most recent match was against Sri Lanka, in which he only managed to score 5 runs in 19 balls.
He managed to lead his team in Tests, and after England’s 4-0 whitewash of India at home, he guided England to the top of the Test rankings.
After featuring in 100 Tests, England’s captain declared his retirement from the longest format. His most recent test match was against South Africa, in which he failed to make an impression and England lost by 51 runs.