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Strauss gets Test underway Published: 11 June 2014

Andrew Strauss celebrates a Test century at Lord's in 2012
Andrew Strauss celebrates a Test century at Lord's in 2012

Former England captain and MCC Honourary Life Member Andrew Strauss rung the five-minute bell on day one of the England v Sri Lanka Investec Test match.

Strauss, who sits on the Club's World Cricket committee, will rung outside the Bowlers' Bar of the Lord's Pavilion, to signify the imminent start of play at the first of two Tests this year - the Bicentenary of the Home of Cricket

The ringing of the five-minute bell at Lord's by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition brought in by former MCC Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw in 2007. 

Other bell-ringers include Sir Ian Botham, Shane Warne and the Jamaican world sprint champion and keen cricketer Yohan Blake.

Strauss, who played 100 Tests and 127 ODIs for England, will ring the bell at the ground where he represented both his country and his county Middlesex.

The former opening batsman played in three Ashes winning teams in his international career, captaining England to victory two of them.

Strauss, now a broadcaster with Sky Sports made 161 in the 2009 Ashes Test at Lord's, as England won by 115 runs - their first win over Australia at the Home of Cricket since 1934.

The 37-year-old made his Test debut against New Zealand at the Home of Cricket in 2004, famously scoring a century in his first knock before - being run out for 83 in the second innings.

He made five Test centuries in total at Lord's, including his last as a Test batsman, against the West Indies in 2012.

A graduate of Durham MCCU, Strauss finished his career with 21 Test centuries in total, to go alongside his six tons in ODI cricket.

As well as his Test debut coming at Lord's, Strauss' 100th, and final Test - his 50th as captain - was also at the Home of Cricket, as he retired from cricket in August 2012.

The first England v Sri Lanka Investec Test match, got underway on Thursday 12 June. Tickets for the match are still available.

Strauss makes a ton on debut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vThXGJogkCA


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