London, Aug 30: Tough times ahead for England, as skipper Andrew Strauss retired from international cricket on Wednesday, after his team lost to South Africa 0-2 in the home series as Graeme Smith's men became the No 1 Test side in the World.
With Strauss' retirement, Alastair Cook was appointed as the captain for Tests and ODIs.
England has been in news for wrong reasons for quite a while now, since Kevin Pietersen's retirement, following his desire to play World T20 and the text messages row that damaged his relationship with the team members and the Board.
Pietersen had sent a few 'derogatory messages' about Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss and also explained the situation in the dressing room to South African players.
When asked if that also played a role in taking this decision, Strauss said it was in the interest of the team as he pondered about the same for a few weeks before taking this decision.
"After much thought over the last few weeks, I have decided to step down as England Test captain and announce my retirement from all forms of cricket," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Strauss as saying.
"It has clearly been a tough decision to make, but I believe that it is both in the best interests of the England cricket team and myself to step down at this stage."
Strauss during his retirement speech, thanked all the coaches and support staff, Middlesex and England team mates for helping him during his international stint spanning 10 years.
"There are too many people who have helped me on this incredible journey to mention them all by name, but I would like to thank all the Middlesex and England players I have played alongside, as well as the phenomenal coaches and support staff with whom I have been fortunate enough to work."
"Particular mention has to go to Andy Flower and Duncan Fletcher in that regard. It would also be remiss of me not to thank Middlesex, the ECB and the PCA for their support and guidance over the years."
Strauss admitted that he got a lot of support from his family else would not have got an opportunity to play for 10 years and thanked them for their support and co-operation.
"No one can play international cricket for any length of time without having an incredibly strong support network around them, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for going through it all alongside me over the course of my England career."
Strauss who led his side in 50 Tests, played his 100th Test against South Africa at Lords as England witnessed a humiliating 0-2 defeat to give up their No 1 position as South Africa became World's No 1 Test team.
Strauss, also struggled to score runs during the series as his best score was 37 including three Tests.
Having scored 7037 runs in 100 Tests and 4202 in 124 ODIs, the England cricketer has scored 21 Test centuries and 6 ODI tons during his 10-year old international career.
Cherishing those lovely moments that he played for England, Strauss said he was very fortunate to play in an era which saw some greatest moments in the history of England cricket.
"I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket's greatest moments have occurred. I have loved every minute of it. All that remains is for me to wish Andy, Alastair and the rest of the team the very best for the coming months. I will be an interested spectator."