Just wondering how everyone rates Andrew Strauss? He started off his career ridiculously well, had a quite sustained spell of poor form in the middle section of his career, but has since regained his best form and is scoring big runs again. He's only really had 3 poor 'seasons' if we're going by Cricinfo's stats, averaging 40, 72 and 49 in his last 3 seasons. He also has 18 Test centuries at an exceptional conversion rate for an opening batsman, with 18 of his 33 Test half centuries being converted into 3 figures. As England captain he averages 57.64, with 6 hundreds and 2 fifties, with an even better performance since he got the proper captaincy, averaging 58.87 in 11 Tests. He's also not a home conditions bully like most of the England side, performing well in all but 2 countries (Australia and Pakistan). Since he scored that hundred in New Zealand batting at 3, he's performed brilliantly, averaging 54.66 in the 20 Tests he's played, with 7 hundreds and 4 fifties. If you look at those figures, and his overall career figures, averaging 44.66 in 66 Tests with over 5000 runs to his name, then you'd have to consider him one of the better opening batsmen of the modern era, yet he's really one of the forgotten men in the England side and in World Cricket. All the focus is on Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff in the England side, but the batting revolves around Andrew Strauss at the moment. Pietersen has not been producing in the last few months, and Strauss has stepped up brilliantly. Just curious as to how everyone else rates him?