Andrew Strauss to be knighted for services to cricket and charity work in honour of his late wife Ruth
- Andrew Strauss captained England in all formats between 2009 and 2011
- He won two Ashes series and stands 11th in England’s run scorers’ charts
- Strauss then moved into administration as England’s director of cricket
- He stepped down 11 months ago after his wife was diagnosed with cancer
- Since her death he has been raising money to combat the disease
Andrew Strauss is to be knighted for services to cricket and the charity work he has undertaken in honour of his late wife Ruth.
Strauss’ on-field achievements include being the only England captain to have won an away Ashes series in the past 32 years — the 3-1 win in 2010-11 resulting in an OBE. He also oversaw the 2009 win over Australia — his first major series on home soil.
As a Test batsman, he stands 11th in England’s run scorers’ charts and seventh amongst its most prolific centurions.
Andrew Strauss is to be knighted for services to cricket and the charity work he’s undertaken
After retiring from an international career that comprised 100 Test caps and a further 131 in limited-overs matches, Strauss, 42, moved into administration as England’s director of cricket and set the wheels in motion for this summer’s World Cup triumph by identifying Trevor Bayliss as the coach to revolutionise the team’s one-day cricket.
However, when Ruth, the mother to his two boys Sam and Luca, was diagnosed with an inoperable form of lung cancer and given just a year to live, he reduced his involvement and stepped down 11 months ago.
Since her death at the age of 46 in late December 2018, he has channelled his energy into fund-raising to provide financial support to those who have had similar experiences and to fund research into rare lung cancers.
The ‘Turn red for Ruth’ day — the second day of the Ashes Test at Lord’s raised £382,462
The ‘Turn red for Ruth’ day — the second day of the Ashes Test at Lord’s last month when players and spectators alike were asked to sport some red in their attire — raised a stunning £382,462.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: ‘Andrew is an exceptional person and this accolade will be celebrated around the cricketing world.’
Strauss receives his knighthood as part of former prime minister Theresa May’s outgoing honours list, alongside fellow ex-England opener Geoffrey Boycott, a man May has referred to as a hero of her youth.
Strauss with wife Ruth and children Samuel (left) and Luca after winning the Ashes in 2009