Successor Cook praises Strauss

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NEW England captain Alastair Cook has paid tribute to Andrew Strauss, the man he replaces after his fellow opener announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

“Andrew’s contribution to England cricket is evident to all who follow the sport but only those of us lucky enough to share a dressing room with him are fully aware of his immense contribution to our success,” said Cook who takes over for the forthcoming tour of India.

“He has been a fantastic captain, has led from the front for over three years and is a true ambassador for the game. To have played 100 Tests for your country is a phenomenal achievement and I congratulate him on a superb career. I know this can’t have been an easy decision for him and everyone in the dressing room will be sad to see him go.”

Strauss played his 100th test in the recent one at Lord’s against South Africa and he scored 7037 runs at 40.91. In the 50 Tests he captained (including four before being appointed full-time captain against Pakistan in 2006) he won 24 of them.

Strauss is the third England captain to resign either during or after a series against a South Africa side led by Graeme Smith. Hussain stood down early in the 2003 series and Michael Vaughan ended his time as captain after South Africa won the 2008 series.

His decision comes after a family break following the 2-0 loss against South Africa which meant England lost the No. 1 Test ranking.

Strauss played down the significance of the Kevin Pietersen situation in his decision saying it “was not a factor at all” and retiring was on his mind before the series against South Africa started. He did, though, admit that his lack of runs had played a major part.

Yorkshire were hit by rain on the second day at Scarborough yesterday, remaining on 61-2 in reply to Gloucestershire’s 215. Joe Root is 24 not out and Andrew Gale 23 no.