‘He’s the best captain I’ve played under’: England legend Jimmy Anderson pays tribute to Andrew Strauss after former team-mate receives knighthood
- Andrew Strauss captained England in all formats between 2009 and 2011
- He led England to two Ashes wins, as well as the number one Test ranking
- Strauss became England’s director of cricket after his retirement in 2012
- He stepped down 11 months ago after his wife Ruth was diagnosed with cancer
- Strauss launched a foundation in her name after her death in December 2018
Jimmy Anderson hailed Andrew Strauss as the ‘best captain’ he has had and a ‘really great bloke’ after his former England team-mate was awarded a knighthood.
The seamer said Strauss should be ‘hugely proud’ after being recognised in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
Strauss played exactly 100 Tests for England between 2004 and 2012, scoring more than 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.
Seamer Jimmy Anderson was a key figure in the England teams captained by Andrew Strauss
After retiring he served as managing director of England cricket. He played a key role in the team’s World Cup triumph this summer, even though he had already stepped down from the role, setting up the Ruth Strauss Foundation in memory of his late wife, who died of a rare form of lung cancer in December.
Anderson, a key member of the teams Strauss skippered, said: ‘I’m really chuffed for him. He’s had a tough couple of years in his personal life and he’s comfortably the best captain I’ve played under. A really great bloke.
‘He started off the cycle of the last four years, this white-ball focus, and played a huge part in England winning the World Cup.
Andrew Strauss is to be knighted for services to cricket and the charity work he’s undertaken
‘With his charity that he’s set up, doing some amazing work. To deal with the things he’s dealt with in the last couple of years, he should be hugely proud.’
Anderson himself is England’s leading Test wicket taker with 575 victims but is not expecting a ‘Sir James’ to be on the cards any time soon.
‘It’s not something I’ve really thought about,’ he said. ‘It’s not for me to comment on something like that.
‘I’ve not captained any team, apart from Lancashire’s pre-season tour in 2015 or 2016.’
The ‘Turn red for Ruth’ day — the second day of the Ashes Test at Lord’s raised £382,462
Strauss with wife Ruth and children Samuel (left) and Luca after winning the Ashes in 2009