Author: Abhishek Rajan
The former England captain Andrew Strauss has been conferred with Knighthood for his outstanding contribution to the England cricket as a player and as an administrator.
England defeated Australia twice in the Ashes series under the captaincy of Strauss with one of those triumphs coming on the Australian soil in 2011.
Strauss also captained England in the World Cup 2011 and played one of the most memorable ODI knocks of all time to tie a game against the eventual champions India in Bangalore.
Strauss scored more than 7000 runs for England in 100 Test matches, averaging 40.91 with the bat. He reached the three-figure mark 21 times in Test cricket.
After England’s dismal run in the ODI World Cup 2015, Strauss was appointed the director of cricket by the England Cricket Board (ECB). He was given the responsibility to change the brand of white-ball cricket the England team was playing.
Strauss decided to have different teams for red ball and white ball cricket, with the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad being left out of the ODI squad and replaced by bowlers like Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan who had more variations in their repertoire.
The batsmen, who were picked in the England ODI squad, were picked on the basis of their ball striking ability, rather than the solidity in their defense. The likes of Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara lost their spots to young players like Jason Roy and Alex Hales.
Strauss was of the view that the modern day ODI cricket was played at a different tempo than it was played in the previous decades and the players should be picked accordingly.
Although Strauss couldn’t complete his tenure as England’s director of cricket till the ODI World Cup 2019, the project that he had started came to its conclusion last year when England beat New Zealand to clinch their first ever ODI World Cup title at Lord’s.
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