England skipper Andrew Strauss has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Strauss, together with coach Andy Flower and man of the series Alastair Cook, have been honoured for their Ashes-winning performance in Australia.
Strauss – who already holds an MBE – and Flower have been awarded OBE’s while Cook is rewarded for his 776 runs in the series with an MBE.
“It is a great honour to receive this accolade,” said Strauss of the award.
“It’s one of the better items of post you get through the letterbox – certainly better than a gas bill.
“They do ask you not to tell people about it, keep it under your hat. I did tell my wife, but not anyone else. But it is always fantastic when it is announced, and then to go and receive it.”
The 34-year-old credited his team for their hard work without which he couldn’t have achieved either an Ashes win or an OBE.
“I’m very proud to receive it and, more than anything, very proud of how the team performed out there in Australia. Our guys really stood up under the pressure,” he said.
“But to win by an innings in three of five games it will take something really extraordinary in the rest of my career to eclipse that. It is fantastic to have been part of the management, and captaining the side.
“But the most satisfying thing is the players we had and how they rose to the challenges and played so well, as they can. When you are fortunate enough to be in this position, you want to make the absolute most of every opportunity.
“It is wonderful to receive OBEs and MBEs. We have achieved something but are nowhere near the end of the road yet, and will continue to strive to improve,” he added.
Flower too spoke of the pride associated with such an award.
“It is a lovely surprise to receive this honour,” said the 43-year-old.
“My family and I feel very thankful to have been welcomed into this country since moving here in 2003 – and I feel a great privilege and responsibility to be involved in a leadership role in English sport.” Cricket365