Cricket: Strauss century silences critics
ANDREW Strauss yesterday silenced his detractors with his first Test century in 18 months.
Not since his second-innings 110 in the famous Ashes-opening draw in November 2010 had the England captain managed to add to his 19 hundreds at the highest level.
But he did this time -- reaching the milestone with his favourite square cut, off opposite number Darren Sammy, for his 17th four from 213 balls in the hosts' ominous 259 for three in reply to the West Indies' 243 all out, on day two of the first Investec Test at Lord's.
For his trouble, Strauss (121no) received a mid-pitch hug from his third-wicket partner Kevin Pietersen -- before continuing his own, less bombastic, acknowledgment of applause and goodwill from his home crowd.
There could be no doubting the sense of accomplishment and relief, nonetheless, after a century which means Strauss's critics must fall silent.
Strauss has moved up to joint-fourth, alongside Pietersen, in the all-time list of England's most prolific centurions after making three figures for the first time in 26 attempts.