Andrew Strauss: top 10 memorable Test moments with England

England captain Andrew Strauss turns to 100th Test against South Africa after a dreadful week.

England vs New Zealand
Lord’s, May 2004

I was very nervous, stepping into a world I didn’t know, not sure if I belonged in or not. But I was really excited as it was an everything to gain nothing to lose situation and an opportunity to lay down a marker. I got to my hundred with a clip through square leg after a nervous period in the nineties. And it was a really brilliant win chasing 270 or something too.

South Africa vs England
Port Elizabeth, Dec 2004

My debut away from home and a very big challenge – I’d never played in South Africa before. The century allowed me to establish myself in the team and finish a game off with a win too and walk off with a stump in the hand having done the job – it was the eighth Test win in row – a record for England at the time.

England vs Australia
Edgbaston, August 2005

One of the greatest Tests – though not massively enjoyable because of the tension. After the Lord’s defeat we knew we had to take the game to Australia and Marcus Trescothick and me were the first to put those words into action. Thankfully we got over the line and it set the tone for everything that happened afterwards in that series.

Australia vs England
Adelaide, Dec 2006

We established a sure footing in the game and had high hopes of winning, and to have that reversed spectacularly on us on that last day hurt more than any other Test I have played in. It was the worst loss I’ve experienced.

New Zealand vs England
Napier, March 2008

After a bad run of form I’d been left out of the team for the first time. I got the opportunity to come back in but hadn’t grasped it. Having got nought in the first innings, I thought the second innings was the pivotal moment. I made sure I concentrated on every ball as hard as I could and didn’t worry about the consequences, and I concentrated better in that innings than in any I’ve ever played. That’s the innings I’m the most proud of.

India vs England
Chennai, Dec 2008

Soon after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, it was so much bigger than a game of cricket. I did get two hundreds but maybe it was fate that Sachin Tendulkar would go on and play a match-winning innings.

West Indies vs England
Jamaica, Feb 2009

England were 51 all out in my first game as full-time captain. But it made us realise there were serious issues that we needed to address. It was a catalyst for everything that happened after.

England vs Australia
Lord’s, July 2009

The get-out of jail match in Cardiff had been a huge momentum changer. We knew if we could start the Lord’s game well we could grab the initiative. I got a century– one of the most enjoyable innings I’ve played.

Australia vs England
Melbourne, Dec 2010

We knew we could retain the Ashes at a place where 90,000 people were used to seeing the Poms humilated. To bowl them out for 98 and be 157 for none at the end was huge performance from everyone. We grabbed the initiative and did not let it go

England vs India
Edgbaston, Aug 2011

We got to No 1 in the world and it was one of the most complete victories I’ve played in. I didn’t contribute hugely [he still got 80] but we achieved the goal we’d set ourselves a couple of years before so that was a very proud moment.

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