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Durham alumni Andrew Strauss named England Test and One Day Cricket captain 12/01/2009

Former Durham student Andrew Strauss was named as England Test and One Day captain at the end of last week.

Strauss, a former member of Durham’s Hatfield College, was an integral member of the University Cricket Club during his time as a student at Durham, a period where he made great progress as a cricketer.

He made his First-class debut for Middlesex in 1998, and made his One Day International debut in Sri Lanka in 2003. He quickly rose to fame on his Test match debut replacing the injured Michael Vaughan at Lords against New Zealand in 2004. He became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his debut and was close to becoming the first Englishman to score centuries in both innings of his debut when he was run out for 83. He was however given the man of the match award for his efforts in the England win.

Strauss also scored a century and was named man of the match in his first overseas Test match, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in December 2004. Despite a brief spell out of the test side in 2007, Strauss reclaimed his place in 2008 for the tour of New Zealand and subsequently reestablished himself in the side with a career best century in the third and final test of that series, and a further three centuries in 2008.

Strauss, who has deputised as captain in the past, follows the footsteps of Nasser Hussain who captained England for a total of 45 Test matches between 1999 and 2003.

Peter Warburton, Director of Sport, commented ‘We are all absolutely delighted that Andrew has been awarded the captaincy of England. He did outstandingly well when he took over the reins, on a temporary basis in 2006 and I am sure he will lead England to success in 2009. If you had to choose two Countries to play against the West Indies in the Caribbean and Australia in England would come fairly high on anyone’s list. We wish him well.’

Durham's current programme remains as strong as ever with a string of MCC University Academy players already tied to First Class Counties. The Academy, under the stewardship of former England Batsman Graeme Fowler, remains at the forefront of British University cricket, developing First Class County players on an annual basis.

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