England’s then Test captain bowed out on Wednesday, citing declining form as his main reason for calling time in his career.

“He was a batsman we were fond of, we thought he was a great player. He was always the top of discussion for us — ‘what’s the best way to bowl at Andrew Strauss?’

“He was a respected player and when you got Andrew Strauss out you knew you were bowling pretty well.

“He was a very competitive person with a very strong mind. A class act.

“He leaves a huge void in the England cricket team,” added Lee of Strauss, who has been succeeded as Test captain by opening partner Alastair Cook, already England’s one-day skipper.