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    Clarke, Smith praise Andrew Strauss

    Australian Michael Clarke, South African Graeme Smith and Strauss\'s team-mates lauded him for his contribution to cricket.

    London: England captain Andrew Strauss announced his retirement from professional cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday. Following is a selection of tributes from his fellow players:

    Australia captain Michael Clarke on Twitter: "Big congratulations to Andrew Strauss on a great career. Still is a very good player and a lovely man. Can only wish him the best for the future."

    South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith on Twitter: "Just want to congratulate Andrew Strauss on a great career as captain and player for England.

    "Fully appreciate the demands of captaining your country. It was always a great contest playing against Andrew and his team and I wish him well in his future."

    England fast bowler Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Awesome guy, great leader, dependable batsman and a solid first slip catcher.

    "Cheers Straussy, you'll be playing scratch golf within a year," added Broad, referring to his former captain's news conference comment about spending more time on the golf course.

    England spinner Graeme Swann on Twitter: "An emotional day with Straussy hanging up his boots. What a great captain, brilliant player and most importantly fantastic bloke."

    England all-rounder Tim Bresnan on Twitter: "Andrew Strauss is the epitome of professionalism. A great leader, wonderful team-mate and all-round nice bloke. I wish him well for the future."