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Strauss' Lord's love affair Published: 04 February 2013

Strauss' Lord's love affair

Lord's punctuated the career of Andrew Strauss as his home Ground, the venue of a stunning Test debut in 2004 and the stage for his 100th and final Test and goodbye press conference.

A Middlesex man, Strauss entered the history books when he made a century and 83 on debut at Lord's against New Zealand in 2004 - before being famously run out by Nasser Hussain.

Hussain rallied however, making a match-winning century, as England chased their highest fourth-innings victory score at Lord's. Hussain's performance was to be his last - Strauss' potential caused him to retire from cricket.

Watch: Strauss at Lord's - Lord's TV's YouTube playlist

Later that summer he made his first ODI ton, this time against the West Indies, at Lord's - wracking up an even century.

His next three centuries at Lord's all came as Test skipper, firstly in an interim role against Pakistan in 2006, and lastly against the West Indies in what was to be his penultimate series, in 2012.

Those tons came either side of perhaps his most satisfying captains performance, against Australia in 2009.

Strauss with the Ashes Urn England came into the match having narrowly avoided defeat in the first Test in Cardiff, but Strauss led the counter-attack with his highest Test score at Lord's, 161. The match is perhaps more famous for Andrew Flintoff's heroics, but England's win meant Strauss became the first home skipper to taste Ashes victory at Lord's in 77 years.

Though Strauss's final Test at the Home of Cricket ended in defeat, it was also a match which saw him reach 100 Tests, with 50 as captain, and become England's most prolific catcher with 121 dismissals.

Watch: Strauss goes up on the Honours Board for the final time

Strauss' name goes on the Honours Board for the final time

Strauss at Lord's

Test & ODI record

Matches Runs Average Highest 100s
Tests 18 1,562 52.06 161 5
ODIs 10 311 31.10 100 1

Strauss at Lord's - in numbers

  • 4 - number of times Strauss has made the Honours Boards at the Home of Cricket
  • 241 not out - his highest first-class score, made at Lord's in 2011
  • 22 - number of Test catches at Lord's - the most by an outfielder
  • 2 - his position in the list of leading Test run scorers at Lord's, behind Graham Gooch
  • 3 - his position, behind Gooch and Alec Stewart, on the list of Test appearances at Lord's
  • 10 - number of Tests as captain at Lord's - a record
  • 6 - number of Test victories as captain at Lord's - another record
  • 22.2 - % of Strauss' Test runs scored at Lord's


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