Highs and lows

Andrew Strauss has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. Sky Sports charts the ups and downs of his England career.

Last Updated: 29/08/12 12:24pm

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Andrew Strauss has retired from all forms of cricket. Sky Sports charts the ups and downs of his England career.

HIGHS

May 2004: Makes 112 on his Test debut, against New Zealand on his home ground of Lord's, and adds 83 in the second innings.

December 2004-January 2005: Makes 656 runs in the Test series against South Africa, including 126 and 94 in a seven-wicket win at Port Elizabeth.

July-September 2005: Scores two centuries in the series win as England beat Australia to win the Ashes.

March 2008: Makes Test-best 177 against New Zealand to answer critics who questioned his place in the team.

January 2009: Appointed as England Test captain after Kevin Pietersen steps down.

July-August 2009: Leads England to Ashes victory and is named England's player of the series after top-scoring with 474 runs at 52.66.

November 2010-January 2011: England win their second Ashes series under Strauss' leadership, this time in Australia. Strauss scores the first of the tourists' nine centuries, in the second innings of the first Test.

February 2011: Makes his best one-day international score, 158, in tied World Cup game against India, though he then retires from the format after England's quarter-final exit.

August 2011: England reach number one in the ICC Test rankings with a 4-0 series win over India.

LOWS

November 2006: Overlooked for Ashes captaincy in favour of Andrew Flintoff. England lose the series 5-0 and Strauss makes just 247 runs in 10 innings, with only a solitary half-century.

2007: Dropped for winter tour of Sri Lanka after seven Tests without a century against the West Indies and India.

February 2009: Strauss' reign as captain begins with an innings defeat to the West Indies after England are bowled out for 51 at Sabina Park. They go on to lose the series despite three centuries from Strauss.

August 2010: Series win over Pakistan is overshadowed by the spot-fixing row enveloping the tourists.

June 2011: Scores just 27 runs in three Tests against Sri Lanka.

July-August 2012: Scores just 107 runs in three Tests as South Africa beat England 2-0 to replace them as world number one. Strauss' 100th Test, and 50th as captain, is overshadowed by controversy surrounding Kevin Pietersen.

August 29 2012: Retires from all forms of cricket.

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