London: Andrew Strauss promised that he would allow himself to celebrate with a "little glass of something" after his first Test hundred for 18 months ended concerns about his faltering batting form as England captain.
"You feel like you want to take the monkey off your back and contribute to the team - that's the most important thing," he said on Sky Sports. "It was a great feeling. It was quite tortuous getting the final 20 runs but I suppose that makes it all the more rewarding. I had to dig pretty deep."
Strauss' home crowd were jubilant as he made his fifth Test hundred at Lord's. "It was a very special ovation," he said. "It went on and on. It was slightly emotional. I have felt good in the preparation to this game but you still have to go out there and do it. It is a great feeling tonight to know that that I have got a few."