His decision comes after a week of soul-searching during a family break following the 2-0 loss against South Africa which meant England lost the No. 1 Test ranking and also comes at a time when Kevin Pietersen‘s exile from the team has dominated the agenda.
Strauss’ decision ends a career that began in 1997, an international career that started in 2003 and captaincy reign that began early in 2009.
Strauss made his debut for England in 2004, scoring a century against New Zealand at Lord’s in a performance that was enough to push former captain Nasser Hussain into retirement, and his most recent Test against South Africa was his 100th Test.
As captain, Strauss led England to new heights included back-to-back Ashes triumphs in 2009 and 2010-11 plus the No.1 Test ranking which they held for a year before losing the series against South Africa.
Having started his time as captain with three hundreds against West Indies in 2009 he managed just four more. He will finish with 21 Test centuries, one behind the England record held by Geoff Boycott, Colin Cowdrey and Wally Hammond.
In his 100 Tests Strauss has scored 7037 runs at 40.91 and in the 50 Tests he captained (which included four against Pakistan in 2006) he won 24 of them.