England test captain Andrew strauss resigned and announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday.
"After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain"
"It has clearly been a tough decision to make, but I believe that it is both in the best interests of the England cricket team and myself to step down at this stage," the 35-year-old, who played exactly 100 Tests, added.
Strauss insisted his retirement had nothing to do with the ongoing England exile of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.His last Test was a 51-run defeat by South Africa at Lord's, his Middlesex home ground where he made his Test debut in 2004, earlier this month that saw England surrender their number one Test ranking to the Proteas.
Strauss has enjoyed modest returns with the bat in recent years and his 122 against the West Indies in May was his first Test century since November 2010.
He followed up with another century, at Trent Bridge, but averaged just 17.83 in six innings against the South Africans.
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