England cricketer Andrew Strauss (now former) stood down as England captain on Wednesday, retiring from all forms at the same time, effective immediately. After suffering a 2-0 series loss to South Africa, Strauss knew that his time was near, speaking at a press conference in the UK.
““I’m very conscious that at the end of the South Africa series, with us losing the number-one ranking, it’s time for the side to refresh and have a little think about how best to retain (sic) that number-one ranking and this is a great way for us to be able to do that,” he said to the media at Lord’s.
Opening batsman Alastair Cook will take over as England captain. With 82 tests to his name, along with an impressive 20 centuries to his name, Cook’s classical style and his natural leadership make him an outstanding choice as captain. On handing over the reins to his successor, Strauss laid every praise on Cook to lead England into the future.
“Alastair is going to come in and instil a huge amount of energy. I’m sure he’s rightly excited to be taking on this challenge and that’s going to motivate people and push them forward.”
It comes during a rather wobbly period for England cricket, with the recent dumping of Kevin Pietersen from England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad bringing the world down on his shoulders after controversial text messages sent to South African opponents. With the induction of Cook as captain, England cricket simply need the batting talent to replace Strauss, who amassed over 7,000 test runs during his career. Only time will tell if the Pietersen issue is resolved. At 32, the end could be near.
(Quote source: ecb.co.uk)