He didn't smile much, but he had a sardonic wit.
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Jolted by the aftershocks of tectonic departures elsewhere, England's one-day international team will reassemble at The Oval on Friday set to embark on an unexpected new era of its own.
After all those barren Olympic evenings in the Aquatics Centre Great Britain won a gold medal on the very first night of Paralympic swimming.
On the surface it was business as usual.
Its twisted steel structure has provoked endless conjecture about its purpose.
There were no tears, a few smiles (especially when he mused about becoming a new cricket correspondent for the Sun), and much dignity.
Andrew Strauss used to be a fine rugby union fly-half as a student at Durham University, with "a prodigious left boot – a real howitzer – a silky set of hips for the big guy he actually is, plus great hands", according to the coach who tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to give up his cricket 15 years or so ago.
It had none of the bombast of an opening ceremony, not a hint of inflated self-importance.
The international future of Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen or possibly both should become a good deal clearer at lunchtime at Lord's on Wednesday when Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, makes a statement to a hastily-convened media conference.