My Cricket Inspiration...Andrew Strauss on Gooch & Lara - Cricket World TV
Former England captain Andrew Strauss reveals that one of his predecessors in the job - Graham Gooch - was among his cricketing heroes growing up.
"My heroes, I suppose, were Graham Gooch, who always stood out," he told us.
"In the 1990s, the Aussies kept spanking us and he was the one guy that kept standing up to them."
Until Alastair Cook passed him recently, Gooch was England's leading run-scorer in Test matches and Strauss added that he admired other cricketers as well.
"Also people like Brian Lara who was obviously a genius and very much in his pomp when I was in my formative years.
"I always loved the game of cricket from a tiny kid and although I played a lot of other sports I quickly realised cricket was the one I was best at," he added.
Strauss played 100 Tests for England, scoring 7,037 runs with 21 centuries as well as 127 One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals.
He is now Director, England Cricket having retired from playing in 2012.
Gooch played 18 more Tests than Strauss, amassing 8,900 runs with 20 centuries, also appearing in three World Cup finals.
Lara never made it to a World Cup final, but holds the world record for the highest first-class score (501 not out) and Test score (400 not out), among a host of other feats.
His innings of 400 not out was achieved against England, one game before Strauss made his England Test debut.
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