Andrew Strauss even reflected on England’s maiden ODI World Cup triumph and praised all-rounder Ben Stokes at the knighthood ceremony.
Sir Andrew Strauss at the Investiture ceremony on Tuesday (AP Photo)
- Andrew Strauss was knighted by Duke of Cambridge, Prince William on Tuesday
- Strauss played 100 Tests, 127 ODIs and 4 T20Is, amassing over 11,000 international runs for England
- Strauss was appointed cricket committee chairman by the ECB in September last year
Former England captain Andrew Strauss was on Tuesday knighted by Prince William at the Buckingham Palace in London. Strauss’s name was included by former British Prime Minister Theresa May in her resignation honours list along with another former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott.
Strauss played 100 Tests for England from 2004-12, scoring more than 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91, and captaining the team to two Ashes series wins. He also played 127 ODIs in which he amassed 4205 runs t 35.63 with 6 hundreds, while in 4 T20Is he scored 73 runs.
Less than three years after retiring, he became the most powerful official in the English game as managing director. He was the unseen administrative architect behind England’s first World Cup triumph in July.
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Strauss even reflected on England’s maiden ODI World Cup triumph and praised all-rounder Ben Stokes at the knighthood ceremony.
“That World Cup victory on home soil did everything we hoped it might, it reached a broader section of the public, and the way that game panned out. The heroes that were forged off the back of it, I’m thinking Ben Stokes and the massive transformation he’s had, it’s extraordinary to see that,” Strauss said.
Strauss was knighted along with Theresa May’s Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins by the Duke of Cambridge at the ceremony. Rapper MIA, Scottish composer Anna Meredith and BBC golf expert Ken Brown received gongs. Football Association vice-chairman Gill received a CBE from Prince William.
Strauss was appointed cricket committee chairman by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in September last year. He had previously served as ECB’s director of cricket but had to step down from the position to support his late wife Ruth’s cancer battle.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that Sir Andrew Strauss joins other giants within the sport who have been knighted for their achievements.
“Aside from his achievements on and off the pitch, Andrew is widely regarded as an exceptional person in our game and this wonderful accolade will be celebrated around the cricketing world, England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said about Strauss’s knighthood.