Former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has joined the Middlesex County Cricket Club executive board, signalling his return to Lord’s, a ground where he played first-class cricket for 14 years.
After claiming the urn three times and being at the forefront of England’s ascension to the number one Test team in the world, Strauss is full of experience that he can pass on.
The opening batsman retired from all forms of cricket at the culmination of his 100th Test match in August 2012. That match against South Africa ended in a defeat, which cost England their number one status, but Strauss’ achievements as captain cannot be underrated.
He had a glittering playing career that began with Middlesex, before he made his England debut in 2003. It wasn’t until the following year that he played his maiden Test, which was made even more memorable by the century that he scored at his home ground.
After engraving his name onto the honours board, Strauss continued to thrive for England, eventually receiving the distinction of captaining his national side. During his time as skipper, he became one of the most successful leaders of the England cricket team in recent history.
Lord’s was often a happy hunting ground for the South-African born batsman. Strauss scored 161 in the second match of the 2009 Ashes to help England win their first Test against Australia at the ground in 75 years.
Now he has been given the opportunity to return to St John’s Wood in an executive capacity. The Panthers have been on the search for a new member of the board ever since Paul Downton tendered his resignation.
Downton left the club to concentrate fully on his role as the ECB’s Managing Director of England Cricket. Since retirement, Strauss has done a lot of media work for Sky Sports, covering his former teammates in the England side.
He joins fellow former Middlesex player, Angus Fraser, on the board – the fast bowler is the club’s Managing Director of Cricket. Strauss will be tasked with helping the South East side press for silverware.
The county finished fifth in Division One of the County Championship last year, but haven’t been crowned champions for more than two decades. With the addition of a former England and Middlesex captain, the club will have a lot more experience and knowledge to draw from.
Speaking after the appointment was announced, Middlesex Chairman, Ian Lovett stated: "We are absolutely thrilled that Andrew has accepted our invitation to join the board.
"He is a Middlesex man through and through, with an outstanding reputation within the game. Finding the right man to replace Paul Downton was always going to prove a challenge. However, in Andrew Strauss, we've found the perfect solution.”
Middlesex’s first-class campaign commences when they travel to play Sussex at Hove on April 6.
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