Andrew Strauss - 'Captain Cool' exits the stage

Akshay Iyer

The former England captain retired from professional cricket on August 29 after losing the home three-Test series to South Africa. "The driver to all this is I haven't batted well enough for a long time. I wasn't going to improve batting-wise, I've run my race," Strauss said at a press conference.

Strauss also insisted his retirement had nothing to do with the then England exile of Kevin Pietersen, who had been dropped after the second Test of that series at Headingley, after he admitted sending "provocative" texts to South African players. Some of these were alleged to have been critical of Strauss, who succeeded Pietersen as England captain in 2009.

Strauss scored 21 hundreds - one shy of England's all-time record. He was succeeded as England Test captain by Alastair Cook, already England's one-day captain and Strauss's opening partner in the five-day game.

In October, Strauss was appointed to the International Cricket Council’s cricket committee. He succeeded Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler. Strauss will serve on a committee that will now be chaired by Anil Kumble, the former India leg-spinner. The ICC cricket committee recommends changes to the rules in the various formats of the game aimed at making the international game more balanced and appealing.