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    Strauss timeline: Strong start, sad end

    A look back at Andrew Strauss\' England career, from a Test debut century to a crushing series loss to South Africa.

    September 10, 2003 – At 26, Strauss earns his maiden England call-up after a strong county season in which, as captain of Middlesex, he scores 1401 first-class runs at 51.88. He is named in the ODI squad to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and is being tipped as a future England captain.

    November 18, 2003 – Makes his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, scoring just 3 as England are routed for 88 in a ten-wicket win for the hosts.

    March 5, 2004 - A few days shy of his 27th birthday, Strauss is named in England’s Test squad in the West Indies as cover for the injured Mark Butcher. He does not feature, but enhances his reputation with a couple half-centuries in the one-day leg of England’s successful tour.

    May 22, 2004 - On Test debut, Strauss becomes the fourth player - and the first Middlesex captain - to score a century at Lord's. In the second innings, he sacrifices his wicket on 83 to allow his captain Nasser Hussain to reach three figures in what turns out to be his final innings.

    July 6, 2004 - A maiden ODI century, again at his home ground of Lord’s. However, it is not enough to prevent defeat to West Indies, for whom Chris Gayle scores a scintillating century. England are knocked out of the NatWest Series.

    May-September 2004 - A purple patch for Strauss, who scores 948 runs in the home summer internationals against West Indies, New Zealand and in the ICC Champions Trophy. A star has arrived.

    December 2004-February 2005 - Strauss carries his outstanding form into his first overseas Test series. He scores 126 and 94 not out to beat South Africa at Port Elizabeth, follows up with centuries at Kingsmead and Johannesburg to finish the highest run-getter of the series with 656 at 72.88.

    July-September 2005 - Scores two Ashes centuries, at Old Trafford and The Oval, as England reclaim the little urn after 18 years.

    May-September 2006 - Captains in the absence of Micheal Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff, leading England to a 5-o ODI whitewash of Sri Lanka and then a Test series win over Pakistan in which he scores a century on captaincy debut, at – where else? – but Lord’s.

    October 2006-January 2007 - Struggles in Australia, where the Ashes are surrendered 5-0. Strauss is not captain, but his batting falls apart. Struggles in the Tests and CB Series.

    March-April 2007 - Loses and regains his place as opener in the ODI side during the World Cup, scoring just 46 run in four outings.

    May-August 2007 - His struggles continue in the home series against West Indies, in which he fails to register a century – the only batsman not to so in the summer. Has a tough time against India next up, top-scoring with 96 in his first innings of the series.

    October 2007-March 2008 Is dropped from England’s Test squad to tour Sri Lanka after a poor 18 months, but earns a recall soon enough for the trip to New Zealand in March. After two rough Tests, Strauss roars back to form with 177 in Napier as England take the series.

    January 2009 - Aged 31, Strauss is named Test captain at Lord’s after the Kevin Pietersen-Peter Moores saga.

    February-March 2009 - Overseas a shock Test series defeat in the West Indies, the nadir of which is Sabina Park where England are skittled for a paltry 51 to lose the first match. Personally, Strauss replies strongly with centuries in the last three Tests.

    May 2009 - Extracts revenge over West Indies with a 2-0 series sweep of West Indies at home.

    July-August 2009 - His crowning glory comes as England beat Australia to regain the Ashes. Strauss’ 474 runs play a big role, as in 2005.

    November 2009-January 2010 - Though he struggles with the bat in South Africa, Strauss leads England to a series draw in the Tests and victory in the ODIs.

    February 2010 - Opts out of England’s tour of Bangladesh on account of fatigue ahead of an exhaustive season that includes the Ashes and the World Cup.

    January 2011 - More Ashes glory, as Strauss leads England to victory in Australia. His proudest moment, he says.

    February-March 2011 - Captains England in the World Cup, scoring a team-high 334 runs that include a career-best 158 in a thrilling tie with hosts India in Bangalore. England reach the quarter-finals, but Strauss overseas surprise defeats to Ireland and Bangladesh.

    June-August 2011 A landmark home summer, in which Strauss captains England to Test series wins over Sri Lanka (1-0) and India (4-0) that result in him receiving the ICC’s mace for No. 1 Test team.

    January-February 2012 - England’s first Test series after becoming No. 1 is a humiliating 3-0 whitewash to Pakistan in the UAE. Strauss manages 150 runs in six innings.

    March-April 2012 A 1-1 draw follows in Sri Lanka as England stay No. 1, but Strauss struggles with the bat, averaging 28.50.

    May-June 2012 Strauss comes back to form with consecutive centuries in a 2-0 Test win over West Indies. Drums roll as England prepare for South Africa in what is billed as the battle for No. 1.

    July-August 2012 After seven unbeaten home series, Strauss’ captaincy hits the skids as South Africa grab the No. 1 ranking from England with a 2-0 series win. Strauss has a poor series with the bat, scoring just 107 runs six innings, and also has to contend with the situation surrounding Pietersen and his omission from the final Test at Lord's. The result of a tumultuous few weeks results in Strauss announcing his retirement from competitive cricket at a packed press conference at Lord’s on August 29. This brings to a close a 100-Test career in which he scored 7037 runs at 40.91, inclusive of 21 Test centuries – one shy of the all-time England record.