The Johannesburg-born Andrew John Strauss was educated at Radley and Durham University. He is a commanding left-handed opening batsman who captained the County for two years following Angus Fraser’s retirement. He has an excellent technique and temperament, which has served him well, during his successful introduction to Test cricket.
On his Test debut, he became the second Englishman to score a Test century on debut at Lord’s and he came close to setting a new record with a century in the second innings. He scored a debut century in his first three Test series.
As one of the most successful England Test captains, he has led his country to Ashes triumphs in both England and Australia. He has won 21 of his 40 Tests in charge, drawing 13 and losing six.
He has scored 8.314 runs in 119 first-class matches for the County at an average of 42.63, with 19 centuries and has taken 86 catches. He scored his maiden double century versus Leicestershire at Lord's in 2011.
He was awarded the M.B.E. in 2005 and the OBE in 2011. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by Durham University in 2011.