Former England captain Andrew Strauss has been described as “an exceptional person” after receiving a knighthood in ex-Prime Minister Theresa Mays resignation honours list.
Strauss, 42, led England to two Ashes wins, as well as the number one Test ranking, in his 50 Tests as captain.
“With increasing awareness of domestic abuse, and a Domestic Abuse Bill ready to be taken forward by Government, it is extremely disappointing that a knighthood has been recommended for Geoffrey Boycott, who is a convicted perpetrator of domestic abuse.”
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Ex-England coach Andy Flower, in charge during Strauss time as captain, also paid tribute to his former skipper.
“As a player he was tough and resilient, as a captain he balanced a firm hand and moral compass with a compassion and empathy that meant he was loved and respected in the dressing room by his players and the staff.”
“In May 2015, Andrew was invited to join the ECB as director, England cricket, to shape the future strategy of the mens international teams – in part to enable an environment that would see England as live contenders for the World Cup in 2019, an aim they so thrillingly delivered on just a few short months ago.
Strauss scored 7,037 runs at an average of 40.91 in 100 England Tests and joined the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as Englands director of cricket after his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2012.
Honours list: Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss given knighthoods
He left the role last year to support his wife Ruth, who was being treated for terminal cancer, and went on to launch a foundation in her name after her death in December 2018
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison added: “Andrew was invited to shape the future strategy of the mens international teams – in part to enable an environment that would see England as live contenders for the World Cup in 2019, an aim they so thrillingly delivered on just a few short months ago.
“It was with the same class and courage that he and his family set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation to raise money and awareness just a few months after losing Ruth to a rare form of cancer.
“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.”
Former England captains Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott have each been given knighthoods in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
The two opening batsmen were the only sporting names featured in a list largely consisting of political figures – a nod to Mrs May’s lifelong love of cricket and her admiration for Boycott in particular.
In an extraordinary exchange, Kearney asked why Boycott had not been given the honour sooner, and suggested that one reason could be the conviction. The former cricketer proclaimed his innocence and cited his outspoken support for Brexit. He went on to say: You can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it ADD and claimed that the presumption of innocence was reversed in the French legal system. In France, as in England and Wales, defendants are presumed to be innocent until proved guilty. END ADD
Strauss played exactly 100 Tests for England between 2004 and 2012, scoring over 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91 and captaining his country to two Ashes series wins and the number one spot in the ICC world rankings.