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by ECB & Cricket World Tuesday 10 September 2019
Andrew Strauss, led England to two Ashes wins, as well as the number one Test ranking, in his 50 Tests as captain. He scored 7,037 runs at an average of 40.91 in 100 England Tests and joined the England and Wales Cricket Board as Director of Cricket after his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2012.
He left the position to look after his wife Ruth, who was being treated for terminal cancer, and subsequently launched a foundation, in her name, after her death in December 2018
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison commented: "Andrew was invited to shape the future strategy of the men's 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."