Well, I’m disappointed.
50 games as skipper, and England reached the top of the world during his tenure for the first time since before I was but a twinkle in my parent’s eye.
I think – and hope – that history will be kind to Strauss. An unexceptional talent, his batting career average of just a fraction above 40 won’t stand up to the greats. It is his level-headed approach and sound judgement as leader which were vital in propelling England to previously unknown heights. Whereas Hussain demanded, and Vaughan let loose, (and Flintoff and Pietersen failed), Strauss provided the platform for English cricket to excel. Under his tenure, the likes of Anderson, Broad, Bell, Cook and Prior all became world class talents. England probably never hit a 2005 Ashes level of greatness, but they were consistently in the top two or three sides in the world.
Alastair Cook takes on the role of captaincy. Given the success of Ian Bell opening in the one day format, I’d be tempted to open with him in India, and try to facilitate the return of Kevin Pietersen in the middle order. There are plenty of questions to be asked, though.