Collier lauds centurion Strauss

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ECB Chief Executive David Collier today hailed the outstanding contribution of Andrew Strauss to the England team after the Middlesex batsman won his 100th Test cap in the third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord's.

To mark the occasion, the England Test captain received a special silver commemorative bat before play from the ECB, listing all the Test series he has featured in since his Test debut against New Zealand in 2004. The England players and management also made a separate presentation after practice at Lord's yesterday.

Strauss, who will also be leading his country in Tests for the 50th time today, is only the ninth England cricketer to reach 100 caps and joins a distinguished list of famous players that includes Michael Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, Graham Gooch, David Gower, Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe.

Collier said: “Nobody should be in any doubt whatsoever about the value of Andrew Strauss' contribution to the England team and the vital role he has played in taking our Test side to the top of the ICC's Test rankings.

David Collier, Andrew Strauss & Giles Clarke

A proud Andrew Strauss poses with ECB Chief Executive David Collier and Chairman Giles Clarke at Lord's after being presented with a silver commemorative bat at the start of his 100th Test

“His record of 21 Test hundreds speaks volumes about his qualities as an opening batsman; he has been an integral member of three Ashes-winning sides - twice as captain - and as well as being an outstanding leader and a consummate professional, is a superb ambassador for the sport as a whole.

“It is fitting that Andrew should reach this momentous landmark on the ground where he has played so much cricket for both his county and his country and where he first announced himself as an international cricketer with a marvellous debut Test hundred against New Zealand in 2004.

“I am sure he will get a fantastic reception from the Lord's crowd when he leads England out in this Investec Test Match and, on behalf of all at ECB, I would like to send him warm congratulations on reaching this milestone.”

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