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    Andrew Strauss' career in pictures

    • The left-handed opener scored an important 161 against Australia in the second Test to lead England to a 115-run win at Lord's in 2009. The Three Lions won the Ashes 2-1. (Getty Images)

    • Captain Strauss with the hallowed Ashes urn in 2009. It was his first as captain. (Getty Images)

    • Strauss celebrates England's away Ashes win in 2011. The English team won 3-1 to take their first Ashes Down Under in 24 years. (Getty Images)

    • Strauss played 100 Tests and scored 7037 run at 40.91 with the help of 21 tons. Here he's acknowledging the crowd after scoring a career-best 177 against New Zealand at Napier in 2008.

    • Strauss celebrates what turned out to be his last Test ton with team-mate Kevin Pietersen. It was against the West Indies in May earlier this year. However, the goodwill between the two fell apart during the next series against South Africa after Pietersen allegedly sent derogatory messages about Strauss to some South African players. As a result, Pietersen was dropped from the third and last Test. (Getty Images)

    • Stauss was equally good in ODIs, scoring 4205 in 127 games at 35.63. Here he is smashing Indian bowlers during a World Cup match in 2011. His 158 earned England a tie as they were chasing 339 to win. (Getty Images)

    • A dejected Strauss after relinquishing England's number one status to South Afica following a 2-0 defeat. (Getty Images)

    • Finally, at the age of 35 Strauss called time on his cricket career. He informed the England and Wales Cricket Board of his decision on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

    • Andrew Strauss made his Test debut in 2004 and in his very first innings scored a match-winning 112 against New Zealand at Lord's. (Getty Images)

    • Strauss with the ICC mace after thrashing India in 2011 to claim the first spot on the Test rankings for teams. (Getty Images)

    • Strauss and coach Andy Flower's partnership worked miracles for the English team. The Three Lions became world's number one following a 4-0 whitewash of India last year. (Getty Images)