Andrew Strauss today celebrates his 100th Test match for England as he aims to guide the team to victory against South Africa at Lord's.

Following a testing week in which Kevin Pietersen has dominated headlines, Strauss has earned some respite even if the task to level the series with the Proteas is a daunting one.

Having made his debut against New Zealand in May 2004, Strauss has been a mainstay in the England Test set-up, serving under three captains - Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff and Pietersen - before he was belatedly made skipper in 2008.

In that time he has led England to two Ashes Test series victories and a 4-0 whitewash of then number one Test side India to send England to the top of the rankings in 2011.

Here's the Middlesex batsman's career in pictures...

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  • Maiden century v New Zealand

  • African king

  • Ashes hero, 2005

  • That catch in the Ashes...

  • The aftermath

  • Ashes celebrations

  • Agony in Australia during the 5-0 defeat

  • Cheerier days with KP

  • Joking with Ricky

  • Regained, 2009

  • Earning the Urn

  • Retained

  • Indian whitewash

  • Broken glasses

  • Centurion