29/08/2012 13:20 | By Lizzy Ammon, contributor, MSN Sport

Strauss' timing is impeccable



Andrew Straiss announces his retirement (© PA)

So after exactly 100 Tests, the curtain falls on Andrew Strauss' career.

But was it the right time to go? In the middle of an ODI series and before the World T20? And with the Kevin Pietersen mess hanging over England.

Like his timing in the middle, Andrew Strauss' timing is impeccable.

There is never a perfect time to go but if he knew that he was unlikely to make it through to next year's back-to-

Strauss' side gave something special to all supporters of English cricket

back Ashes series, now is the right time.

It allows for a good bedding in period not only for the new captain Alastair Cook but for whoever replaces him as opener to have a good run in. Or at worst case scenario for England to try a couple of options; probably either moving Jonathan Trott to open or bringing in either Joe Root or possibly Nick Compton.

Cook has demonstrated his ability as a captain, he has surprised many in his successful leadership of the ODI side. Strauss will have noted that and smartly assessed that Cook is ready to be Test captain. He wouldn't have moved on if he'd have felt that the man behind him wasn't going to be able to cut it just yet.

The harsh reality is, as he acknowledged, his form just simply hasn't been good enough. Strauss has had one good series in the last five and whilst his role has been so much much more than simply as an opening batsman, the time is right to look for the opener who is England's more medium term future.

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This decision will have come from him - purely from him. It's typical of Strauss not wanting to make anything difficult for his employers. Going before there was any need to have conversations about pushing him.

His retirement statement showed the mark of Strauss as a man - stating he was aware of his lack of form and not wanting to be a passenger in this side.

Andrew Strauss plays a late cut shot (© PA)

Of course, Strauss brought so much more than his runs. His partnership with Flower was about as complementary as a coach/captain relationship could have been and his quiet calm leadership brought out the best in everyone. Even Kevin Pietersen until recently.

This decision wasn't hastened by the KP soap opera. It will no doubt have battered Strauss as it would have anyone but everything Strauss does and has always done is for the benefit of English Cricket.

He has been a marvellous opening batsman and truly wonderful leader who took England to the number one rank, led them to Ashes victories home and away. Strauss' side gave something special to all supporters of English cricket.

As his timing of the ball has faltered, his timing off the pitch has remained utterly impeccable. He'll be missed but he will be thanked for going at the right time with dignity, integrity and with his head held high.

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29/08/2012 17:27
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A true gentleman and a superb leader of people, who will be sadly missed in international cricket, I met him personally last year at the Middlesex players evening  and the way he conducted himself showed what a wonderful person he is, having time to talk to everyone and displaying a great depth of knowledge, let's hope is not lost to cricket altogether, I would like to express my thanks to him for his career overhaul both for Middlesex and England and wish him and his family every success for the future
29/08/2012 16:09
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Thank you Andrew for all the hours of pleasure you have given in your cricket career,

I wish you a long hand happy retirement .

29/08/2012 16:43
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He's a class act, i have nothing but respect for him as a cricketer and leader. He's humble, intelligent, articulate and a real team player. He's a superb role model for young cricketers
29/08/2012 16:08
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 THANK YOU FOR A GREAT TIME . A JOB WELL DONE . GOOD LUCK IN WHAT EVER YOU DO,
29/08/2012 16:12
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Well done Andrew you have got England into good shape.  There may be conditions that find out our players but on the whole the best players will shine.
29/08/2012 16:27
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A gentleman.......................................
29/08/2012 17:28
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Strauss

Great honourable guy, sounds as though he's thoughtful for the greater good type person, seeing beyond his self. A good leader!

As apposed to the South African guy Peterson, Petersan, Pietersen who conjures up the thoughts of Leonardo da Vinci famous painting The Last Supper, you know before the series is over you'll betray your team sort of thing.

29/08/2012 19:13
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Andrew Harrison, you have ****e for brains, straussy has been brilliant for his country, both with the bat and his leadership, anyone with an ounce of brain would know that, however, there comes a time when your time is up and this is the time! don`t slag him off, give him a bit of praise for what he has done
29/08/2012 17:24
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come on son dont go yet man im only 15 and i have played for years and you are great player to watch and take tips from thanks for what you have done to theTEAM thats the key to it all working as a team
29/08/2012 19:32
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A great leader and a great player, good luck with everything you do in the future
29/08/2012 20:51
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Andrew Strauss LEGEND and above all a gentleman . KP watch and learn {doubt it}
29/08/2012 22:49
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Strauss is a traditional English gentleman -he  knows that when it"s time to go, it"s time to go. No waffling around -Goodbye and Good Luck.
30/08/2012 00:02
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Back to back Ashes humpings of the Aussies means he will be remembered as a great captain as well as batsman, every credit to him for knowing when to stand down too, a fine example to all who follow him
29/08/2012 23:11
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'' How dare you portray old people as having "No Life". Do you think people over 50 never had a youth, never had dreams, never party'd ,never dared to win, never risked it all, never loved, never danced with the devil,and never avhieved ? No wonder you dont give a username . You low life ****, You obviously have less of a life than most if you have time to write such garbage.One day you ,MAY get old and then you can remember writing this crap and feel guilty for doing so. This is about cricket,a great game that you have and never will enjoy or understand,enjoyed by millions.Grow up little boy ,we dont want to read your offensive, low life, uneducated comments.
29/08/2012 20:54
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An excellent innings, Mr. Strauss. And that last delivery...?

 

...what a corker. Well played sir, jolly well played.

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But how this dragged out saga is being embarrassingly played out a little like the cricket boards on it's knees saying please say your sorry and we can let you back in, come on Pietersen just tell us what you said.

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We all know Pietersen's back it's just when?

Anyone else he would have been lambasted as an outsider.

Discredited.

But how this dragged out saga is being embarrassingly played out a little like the cricket boards on it's knees saying please say your sorry and we can let you back in, come on Pietersen just tell us what you said.

Pietersen is empowered he way he is being treated Bigger than the Captain, Bigger than Team and England cannot function without hin welll I mean Team England.

 

I've noticed the absense of black players wether by design or chance I think there must be one black player of cricket who is able to put an England shirt on.

Strange that!  

 

 Ah where would we be without Pietersen, Pietersen, Pietersen!

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