Andrew Strauss
Personal information
Full name Andrew John Strauss
Born 2 March 1977 (1977-03-02) (age 43)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Levi, Mareman, Straussy, Muppet
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left-arm medium
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 624) 20 May 2004 v New Zealand
Last Test 16 August 2012 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 180) 18 November 2003 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 26 March 2011 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 14
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998–2012 Middlesex
2002 MCC
2007–08 Northern Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 100 127 241 254
Runs scored 7,037 4,205 17,046 7,631
Batting average 40.91 35.63 42.72 32.75
100s/50s 21/27 6/27 46/74 10/49
Top score 177 158 241* 163
Balls bowled 6 132 6
Wickets 3
Bowling average 47.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 0/3 1/16
Catches/stumpings 121/– 57/– 228/– 90/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 August 2012

Andrew John Strauss, MBE is an English cricketer who plays county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club and is captain of England.

A fluent left-handed opening batsman, Strauss has the ability to accumulate runs without playing big shots, in which respect he has been likened to Graham Thorpe. Also, his technique and more specifically his footwork has been compared to that of the Australian opening batsman Justin Langer, who captained Strauss at Middlesex. Strauss favours scoring off the back foot, mostly playing cut and pull shots. Strauss is also known for his fielding strength at slip or in the covers.

He made his First-class debut in 1998, and made his One Day International (ODI) debut in Sri Lanka in 2003. He quickly rose to fame on his Test match debut replacing the injured Michael Vaughan at Lords against New Zealand in 2004. With scores of 112 and 83 (run out) in an England victory, and the man of the match award, he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his debut and was close to becoming the first Englishman to score centuries in both innings of his debut. Strauss again nearly scored two centuries (126 and 94 not out) and was named man of the match in his first overseas Test match, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in December 2004. Strauss suffered a drop in form during 2007, and as a result he was left out of the Test squad for England's tour of Sri Lanka, and announced that he was taking a break from cricket. After a poor tour for England, Andrew was recalled into the squad for the 2008 tour of New Zealand, and subsequently reestablished himself in the side with a career-best 177 in the third and final Test of that series, and a further three centuries in 2008.

Having deputised for Michael Vaughan as England captain in 2006, Strauss was appointed on a permanent basis for the 2009 tour of the West Indies following Kevin Pietersen's resignation. He enjoyed success with three centuries, and retained the captaincy into 2009. Strauss captained the England team to a 2–1 victory in the 2009 Ashes, scoring a series total of 474 runs, more than any other player on either side, including 161 in England's first victory in an Ashes Test at Lord's in 75 years.

Test Centuries

Andrew Strauss's Test Centuries
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 112 1 New ZealandLondon, England Lord's 2004
[2] 137 4 West IndiesLondon, England Lord's 2004
[3] 126 8 South AfricaPort Elizabeth, South Africa Sahara Oval St George's 2004
[4] 136 9 South AfricaDurban, South Africa Kingsmead 2004
[5] 147 11 South AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa Old Wanderers 2005
[6] 106 17 AustraliaManchester, England Old Trafford 2005
[7] 129 19 AustraliaLondon, England The Oval 2005
[8] 128 24 IndiaMumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2006
[9] 128 28 PakistanLondon, England Lord's 2006
[10] 116 30 PakistanLeeds, England Headingley Stadium 2006
[11] 177 46 New ZealandNapier, New Zealand McLean Park 2008
[12] 106 48 New ZealandManchester, England Old Trafford 2008
[13] 123 54 India Chennai, India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium 2008
[14] 108
[15] 169 58 West Indies Antigua, West Indies Antigua Recreation Ground 2009
[16] 142 59 West Indies Barbados, West Indies Kensington Oval 2009
[17] 142 60 West Indies Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies Port Of Spain 2009
[18] 161 63 Australia London, England Lord's 2009
[19] 110 78 Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 2010
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